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Ch 51: Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT: Help and Review

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The Vertebrates chapter of this MCAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the development of vertebrates. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of vertebrate development for the MCAT.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the evolutionary history and characteristics of vertebrates
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a vertebrate development unit of a standard science course. Topics covered include:

  • The evolutionary history of animals
  • Origins and characteristics of vertebrates
  • Class Myxini and class Petromyzontida
  • The development of jaws in sharks and fish
  • The development of limbs in tetrapods
  • Evolutionary characteristics of amniotes
  • Primate characteristics
  • Evolutionary characteristics of humans

8 Lessons in Chapter 51: Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT: Help and Review
The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

1. The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

The animal kingdom ranges from simple organisms like sponges to complex organisms like humans. We will look at some defining characteristics of animals as well as examples of both invertebrates and vertebrates.

Vertebrates: Origin, Characteristics & Diversity

2. Vertebrates: Origin, Characteristics & Diversity

Vertebrates are diverse and widespread across Earth, but this was not always the case. In this lesson you'll learn about the origins and evolution of these animals, as well as explore their vast diversity.

Jawless Craniates: Class Myxini & Class Petromyzontida

3. Jawless Craniates: Class Myxini & Class Petromyzontida

The word 'fish' brings specific images to mind. But before these fish existed, there were the jawless craniates. In this lesson you will identify two classes that fall into this category: the hagfishes and the lampreys.

Fishes and Sharks: Origins of Jaws in Vertebrates

4. Fishes and Sharks: Origins of Jaws in Vertebrates

While it may appear to be a minor feature, the hinged jaw led to major changes in the evolution of animals. In this lesson, you'll discover some of the earliest jawed animals, the sharks and fishes of the world.

Tetrapods: Development of Limbs in Vertebrates

5. Tetrapods: Development of Limbs in Vertebrates

Having four limbs allowed for an incredible amount of diversification in the animal kingdom. But where did those limbs come from, and what types of diversifications arose from animals moving onto land?

Amniotes: Definition and Evolutionary Characteristics

6. Amniotes: Definition and Evolutionary Characteristics

One of the more 'recent' evolutionary developments in vertebrates is a terrestrial egg. This adaptation allowed for even greater diversity in this branch of the Animal Kingdom, giving rise to organisms that could now live their entire lives on land.

Primates and Human Origin

7. Primates and Human Origin

You probably know that you are a primate, just like gorillas and monkeys. But you may be surprised to find out how long primates have been around and how many of them are still living on Earth, which are covered in this lesson.

The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

8. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

Just like other organisms, humans have changed over time. We will look at the evolution of humans as well as connections with our primate relatives, including Old World and New World primates.

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