Basic knowledge of biology and the principles of biological classification.
Understanding principles of Evolutionary Biology, Speciation, Phylogenetics and the origin of life.
Providing all students with the theoretical basis for critically understanding all biological phenomena in the light of the Theory of Evolution.
The course will focus on the following issues:
- The history of the evolutionary thought.
- Evolution as a fact.
- Biological basis, mechanisms and outcome of evolution.
- Corollaries to the Theory of Evolution: species and speciation, interaction among species, the origin and development of Life on Earth, phylogeny.
Through the reconstruction of the historical development of the evolutionary thought, and the contribution provided by different disciplines over the last 150 years, the course discusses the biological basis of the Theory of Evolution and the relevance of its scientific message as the sole unifying theory of modern biology.
EVOLUZIONE, Mark Ridley, McGraw-Hill (Cap. 1-6, 10-11, 13-16, 18, 22-23).
L’EVOLUZIONE, Douglas J. Futuyma, Zanichelli: (Cap. 1-5, 7-13, 15-16, 18, 22).
EVOLUZIONE, M. Ferraguti e C. Castellacci, Pearson (Cap. 1-4, 6, 8,10-15).
Lessons in classroom and tutorials in classroom on population genetics.
The goal of the final exam is to evaluate the comprehension of the basic structure of the Theory of Evolution and its role in the understanding of biological phenomena. Special attention is dedicated to the mechanisms of evolution and to the corollaries to the Theory (speciation, phylogenetics, origin of life).
During february, a written text (with "open" and "closed" questions) will be made. The test is not compulsory. Those who do not participate to the test or do not pass the text will have to take a subsequent oral exam.
- Attending classes is not mandatory, but highly recommended due to the interactive nature of teaching and the theoretical basis of the topics treated.
- Additional teaching material will be made available for the students on a dedicated online platform.
- Further communications will be sent to the students by email and/or published on the teacher's web page (https://docenti.unisi.it/en/frati).
- Suggested textbooks are available for reading and loan in the university libraries.
- For further information on contacts and reception hours please look at https://docenti.unisi.it/en/frati.
- For communications with the teacher, students ar requested to use their @student.unisi.it email address.