Squilla-AAnker, 110K
Whose eyes are these- which group of animals?
(see more
stunning photos by A. Anker)

| Lecture Schedule | Lab Schedule | eClass materials |
| Study Images | Movies | Computer animations | Sample Exams (lecture & lab) | Diversity/Phylogeny Tests |
| Animal Classification: textbook, ZooBank, ITIS, | Cladogram for Z250 Metazoa |
| Annotated Bibliography | Best Annotations 1999-2009 | Cool Research Papers | Greek & Latin roots for biological terms |
| Bamfield Field Trip | Tyrrell Museum Field Trip |
| Bamfield Summer & Fall Courses | Other inverts courses at U of A | Useful Links |


Teaching Assistants:

  • Living Invertebrates, 1987
    Pearse, Pearse, Buchsbaum and Buchsbaum;
    Blackwell, Boston, MA; ISBN 0-86542-312-1
    (recommended readings from the text)

  • Zool 250 Laboratory Guide & Lecture Handouts 2011
    A.R. Palmer & R. Koss

Annotated Bibliography:
Lecture & Laboratory Study Materials:

  • View the entire classification of animals (to subclass) as in the course text or check out the classification of particular groups at ZooBank, GenBank, or the Integrated Taxonomic Information Server.

    ProtoDeutero.jpg, 13K     Browse the Tree of Life of animal phyla as followed in Zool 250 and review key characters defining major branches.

  • Having trouble remembering some of the material you saw in lab? Maybe the study images of prepared slides and dissections will help.

  • Still mulling over key concepts or processes discussed in lecture? Some entertaining and informative animations are available for review or self test.

  • Self-testing exams may help you prepare for lecture and laboratory exams.

  • Curious about the meaning of scientific names of animals or body parts? Search the table of Greek & Latin roots for clues.


(see also textbook reading assignments and cladogram of animal phyla)

sponge.jpg, 13K
Mon 10  Introduction: Why study invertebrates? (course preliminaries, outline)
Wed 12  Diversity, phylogeny, classification (outline)
      (Metazoa cladogram)
Fri 14  Key characters defining the Tree of Life (outline)
Mon 17  Kingdom Protista (outline 1, outline 2)
      (Protista cladogram, study images, huge collection of images, great collection of video clips)
Wed 19  Origin of Metazoa; Porifera (I): Introduction (outline)
medusa.jpg, 23K
Fri 21  Porifera (II): Function and diversity (outline); Placozoa (outline)
      (Porifera cladogram & study images)
Mon 24  Cnidaria (I): Introduction, tissues, cell types (outline)
Wed 26  Cnidaria (II): Diversity- Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa (outline)
      (Cnidaria cladogram & study images)
Fri 28  Cnidaria (III): Diversity- Anthozoa (outline); Ctenophora (outline)
      (Ctenophora cladogram & study images)
Mon 31  Bilateria: General characteristics (outline)
      (some amusing perspectives on symmetry)

polyclad.jpg, 4K
Wed 2  Protostomia and Deuterostomia (outline)
      (Metazoa cladogram)
Fri 4  Platyhelminthes (I): Introduction, Turbellaria (outline + links)
      (Platyhelminthes cladogram & study images)
Mon 7  Platyhelminthes (II): Parasitic taxa (outline), Nemertea (outline)
      (Platyhelminthes cladogram & study images)
Wed 9  Aschelminthes (I): Overview and minor phyla (outline)
      (Aschelminthes cladogram & study images)
Fri 11  Aschelminthes (II): Diversity- Nematoda, Rotifera (outline)
      (Aschelminthes study images)
murex.jpg, 50K
Mon 14  Mollusca (I): Introduction & overview (outline)
      (Mollusca cladogram)
Wed 16  Mollusca (II): Diversity- Minor classes (outline)
      (mollusc diversity study images)
Fri 18  Mollusca (III): Diversity- Gastropoda (outline)
      (Bivalvia study images)
      (Read Garstang's memorable poem: How the gastropod got it's twist)
Mon 28  Mollusca (IV): Diversity- Bivalvia, Scaphopoda (outline)
      (Cephalopoda study images)

worm.jpg, 9K
Wed 2  MID-TERM LECTURE EXAM (new date)
      (view sample questions here)
Fri 4  Mollusca (V): Diversity- Cephalopoda (outline)
 Sipuncula (outline)
      (Sipuncula cladogram & study image)
Mon 7  Metamerism; Annelida (I)- Polychaeta (outline)
      (Annelida cladogram & study images)
      (Try out the Rhyming key to polychaete families)
Wed 9  Annelida (II): Oligochaeta (outline)
Peripatus.jpg, 19K
Fri 11  Annelida (III): Hirudinea (outline)
Mon 14  More Worms: Echiura, Pogonophora (outline)
      (Echiura & Pogonophora cladogram & study images)
Wed 16  Arthropod (I): Origins, Onychophora, Tardigrada (outline)
      (Onychophora cladogram & study image)
Fri 18  Arthropoda (II): Overview, exoskeleton and molting (outline)
      (Arthropoda cladogram)
Mon 21  Arthropoda (III): Limbs and muscles (outline)
crab.jpg, 5K
Wed 23  Arthropoda (IV): Eyes, respiration and coeloms (outline)
Fri 25  Arthropoda (V): Diversity, Introduction and Crustacea (outline, outline)
      (Crustacea cladogram & study images)
Mon 28  Arthropod (VI): Other subphyla (outline)
      (Arthropoda & Pterygota cladograms, other arthropod study images)
Wed 30  Arthropod (VI): Other subphyla (cont.) (outline)
      (Arthropoda & Pterygota cladograms, other arthropod study images)

CukeStar.jpg, 12K
Fri 1  Deuterostomia; Echinodermata (I): Overview, body plans (outline)
      (Echinoderm cladogram & study images)
Mon 4  Echinodermata (II): Skeleton, water-vascular system (outline)
      (Echinoderm cladogram & study images)
Wed 6  Echinodermata (III): Feeding, locomotion, development (outline)
      (Echinoderm cladogram & study images)
Fri 8  Lophophorates, Hemichordates (outline)
      (Deuterostome cladogram, lophophorate & hemichordate study images)
enteropneust.jpg, 4K
Mon 11  Invertebrate chordates (outline)
      (Chordate cladogram & study image)
Wed 13  Retrospective: The Tree of Life (outline)

        (0900, Education Gym, see announcements for details)
       (0900, BioSciences Z211)

Top of page Made with Mac
128402 web voyagers have passed this way since Jan. 1, 1997.

Copyright (c) 1997-2011 by A. Richard Palmer. All rights reserved.
(revised April 24, 2011)