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BIO 401: Biological Systematics.

6 hours (2, lecture; 4, lab), 4 credits. A study of the theoretical basis and methodologies of each of the current schools of systematics, and the arguments used by each school in uncovering the phylogenetic relationships among organisms. Topics to be covered will include Aristotelian essentialism, evolutionary systematics, phenetics, cladistics (phylogenetic systematics), transformed (pattern) cladistics, monophyly, paraphyly, polyphyly, parsimony, homology, homoplasy, character state analysis, and polarity. PREREQ: Two additional BIO courses.

Last modified: 7/14/2014