Evolution and phylogeny 362

Module code ZEN 362
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Module content

Evolution as a process and pattern, prime movers in evolution: Selection, drift, general population genetics. Population differentiation, clines, subspecies and species, adaptation as a major force in evolution and the panglossian paradigm, molecular evolution. Phylogeography, phylogenetic reconstruction. Evolutionary biogeography. Adaptation, Darwin's formulation, proximate and ultimate causation, genetic and developmental constraints, optimality. Phenotypic models, the comparative method, convergent evolution. Evolution of complex biological systems, origin of life and sex, macro-evolution, punctuated equilibrium, human evolution. Levels of selection. Species concepts.

Module credits 18.00
Service modules Faculty of Education
Prerequisites No prerequisites.
Contact time 4 lectures per week, 2 practicals per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Zoology and Entomology
Period of presentation Quarter 3

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