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Ch 12: Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution

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The Development of Vertebrates chapter of this MCAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about vertebrates. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all the topics related to the development of vertebrates required for the MCAT exam.

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Learning objectives

  • Learn how animals evolved over time.
  • Explore the origins and features of vertebrates.
  • Provide some examples of jawless craniates.
  • Study fishes and sharks in relation to the origins of jaws.
  • Explain how limbs developed in tetrapods.
  • Define the evolutionary features of amniotes.
  • Discuss the relationship between the origins of humans and primates.
  • Summarize how humans developed throughout evolutionary history.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution
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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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