Introduction to the course. Suggestions on the textbooks and accessory learning materials. Illustration on final test features.
Origin and history of life on the earth. Procaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, development of multicellular organisms: Metazoa. Evolutionary theories, linnean system of classification, modern systematic theories. The species, the origin of new species, adaptation and natural selection.
Morphological characteristics and phylogeny of the main animal phyla: Protozoa, Porifera, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelminthes and Nemertea,; the pseudocelomates (Nematoda, Rotifera and Acantocephala), Celomates protostomes: Mollusca and Annelida. The Deuterostomes: Echinodermata and Cordata.