Principal aims of the course are the following:
1) learning and applying the comparative method;
2) knowledge of the major components of the diverse systems in an evolutionary and functional perspective;
3) achievement of the ability to observe, describe and report.
The student will acquire basic knowledge on animal development, from gametogenesis to organ formation. Fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying developmental processes, such as cell differentiation and morphogenesis will be approached.
The student will acquire theoretical and practical competence to recognize embryonic structures of vertebrates at the macroscopic and microscopic level.