One course that has had staying power for almost 80 years is a two-semester course that Hamburger developed integrating comparative vertebrate anatomy and embryology. The course involved both lectures and two 2-hour laboratories a week where students did dissections and observed embryonic development (of both live specimens and prepared sectional slides). Although considered old-fashioned morphology by some, it covered all the basics of what students needed to know about the relationship between structure, function, embryonic development, and evolutionary relationships among vertebrates – an integrative relationship that is almost unheard of in today’s climate of molecular biology. The course was, and still is, extremely popular and a one-semester, truncated version continues to be offered every fall semester.
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