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Ch. 34: Origin and Evolution of Vertebrates

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Chordates
bilaterian
- belong to the clade: Deuterostomia
Derived Characteristics of Chordates
Notocord
Dorsal Hollow Nerve Cord
Pharyngeal gill slits
Post-anal tail
Notocord
long, flexible rod located between the digestive tube and nerve cord
- provides skeletal support through the length of the animal
Dorsal hollow nerve cord
-located dorsally to the notocord
- develops into the CNS - brain and spinal cord
Pharyngeal gill slits
slits that develop in the pharnx that open to outside of the body
- used for gas exchange in aquatic chordates
- becomes parts of the ear in tetrapods
Post anal tail
tail that extends beyond the anus
- reduced in embryonic development
Lancelets
most basal chordate group
- Cephalochordata
- have blade-like body shape
- wriggles body into the sandy sea floor with only the mouth exposed for capturing plankton in the water
- have muscle segments along its body called somites
- amphioxus
Tunicates
Urochordata
- larva stage has the 4 characteristics of chodates
- draw in water through an incurrent siphon, then it passes thru the pharyngeal slits into a chamber called the atrium and then out thru a excurrent siphon
- aka sea squirts
- undergoes pedogenesis- larva reproduces
Developmental genes in lancelets and chordates
- they have the same Hox (homeobox) genes (BF1, Otx, and Hox3) that controls the development of major regions of the vertebrae brain
- the genes are expressed in the same order too
- homeobox genes- genes that control the expression of other genes
Craniates
chordates with a head
- brain at anterior end with dorsal nerve cord, eyes, sensory organs, and a skull
Derived Characteristics of Craniates
- 2 or more sets of Hox genes
- Neural crest
- higher metabolic rate and more extensive muscular system
- heart with at least 2 chambers
- RBC's, kidneys, etc.
Neural crest
collection of cells that appears near the dorsal margins of the closing neural tube of an embryo
- a type of stem cell line
- these cells will migrate to distant sites of the embryo
- migrating cells give rise to teeth, bones/cartilage of the skull, inner layer of skin of the facial region, neurons and sense organs
Haikouella
-most primitive craniate fossil found
- formed 350 mya during Cambrian explosion
- resembeled a lancelet
Hagfish
Myxini
- most basal craniate group
- skull made of cartilage; no jaws or vertebrae
- retain notocord in adulthood, swim like an eel
- mouth contains teeth made of keratin
- marine- deep water
- produce large slime coats from slime glands
Derived Characteristics of Vertebrates
- gene duplication of Dlx transcription factor genes
- more extensive skull and backbone
- vertebrae enclose the spinal cord
- more efficient gas exchange in the gills
Lampreys
Petromyzontida
- basal lineage of vertebrates
- parasites that feed by clamping on the sides of fish with their mouths
- no jaws --> sharp teeth made of keratin
Conodonts
"cone teeth"
slender soft-boded vertebrates with large eyes and barbed hooks at the end of their mouth
- does not have jaws
- hooks were dental mineralized dental tissue - used for predation or scaveging
Placoderms
armored agnathostome fish that had plated armor over their bodies
- armor was made of mineralized bone = cosmoid-dentine
- evolutionary origin of bony, mineralized teeth
Gnathostomes
jawed vertebrates
- have teeth that enable them to grip food
Hypothesis for the evolution of vertebrate jaws
skeleton of the jaws may have evolved from two pairs of skeletal rods located between gill slits near the mouth
- pairs of rods anterior to these were lost into the cranium or jaws over time
- remaining gill slits, behind the jaws, become the site of respiratory gas exchange
- shark teeth is made of placoderm - jaw articular is hyostyly
- humans jaw articulation is autostyly
lateral line system
organs that form a row along each side of the body and are sensitive to vibrations in the surrounding water
- found in aquatic gnathostomes
Placoderms
-plate-skinned jawed fish
- the first fossil of gnathostomes
ex: Amia
Acanthodians
group of jawed vertebrates that emerged during the Devonian period
Chondrychthyans
Sharks, rays, and their relatives --> ratfish (chimera)
-cartilaginous fish
- 7 gill arches
Oviparous
sharks lay eggs that hatch outside the mother's body
Ovoviviparous
females retain the fertilizd eggs in the oviduct
- young are born after hatching within the uterus
Viviparous
the young develop within the uterus and obtain nourishment prior to birth by receiving nutrients from the mother's blood through a yolk sac placenta
Cloaca
common chamber that has a single opening to the outside
Osteichthyans
- have ossified (bony) skeleton with a hard matrix of calcium phosphate
- skin is covered in flattened scales
- oviparous
- 5 gill arches
Operculum
protective bony flap covering the gills of bony fish
- water is drawn into the mouth, through the pharynx, and out between the gills by movement of the operculum
Swim Bladder
how fish control their buoyancy with this air sac
- movement of gasses from blood to swim bladder increases buoyancy
- transfer of gas back to the blood causes the animal to sink
Ray finned fishes
Actinopterygii
have bony rays that support their fins
Lobe finned fishes
Sarcopterygii
rod shaped bones surrounded by a thick layer of muscle in their pectoral pelvic fins
- coelacanths and lungfishes
Tetrapods
"four feet" vertebrate
- fins evolved into limbs
Tiktaalik
"fishapod"
- a fish with fin, gills, lungs, and scales
- had full set of ribs- helped support its body and aided in it breathing air
- had a neck and shoulders
- also its front fin had bones resembling bones in the tetrapod forearm
- this fossil is the link to tetrapods - the transitional organism
Amphibians
Class Amphibia
salamanders, frogs, caecilians
- have tadpole larvae stage
- most have four legs, moist skin, lay eggs in water
Order Urodela
salamanders
Order Anura
Frogs
Order Apoda
caecilians
- has no legs --> look like segmented worms
Amniotes
reptiles, birds, and mammals
- have an amniotic egg
- use their rib cage to ventilate their lungs
Amniotic egg
four specialized membranes: amnion, chorion, yolk sac, and allantois
- have a shell- either hardened or soft- reduces dehydration
- this is a major step in evolution: it allowed the embryo to develop on land so reduced the dependence on water sources by tetrapods for reproduction
Chorion
exchange gases between the embryo and the air
- oxygen and carbon dioxide diffuse freely across the shell
Amnion
protects the embryo in a fluid-filled cavity that cushion against mechanical shock
Allantois
disposal sac for metabolic wastes produced by the embryo
- function with the chorion as a respiratory organ
Yolk sac
contains yolk (used for nutrients)
- blood vessels in the yolk sac membrane transport nutrients from the yolk into the embryo
- other nutrients (protiens) are stored in the albumen
Reptiles
Reptilia
tuataras, lizards, snakes, turtles, crocodilians, birds
- have scales., lay shelled eggs
Lepidosaurs
tuataras, snkes, lizards
Ectothermic
Animals that absorb external heat as their main source of body heat
ex: reptiles
- can survive on 10% of the food that a mammal of the same size would require
Endothermic
animals capable of maintaining near constant body temp. through metabolic activity
- bird, mammal
Derived Characteristics of Birds
-flight- many weight saving
- lack a urinary bladder
- females only have 1 ovary
- toothless
- feathers- derived from keratin
Origin of Birds
evolved from dinosaurs about 150 mya
- Archaeopteryx- earliest bird fossil --> the link to dinosaurs
- it had teeth, claws, but also had wing feathers and long tail with feathers
- thecodonts vs theropods theory
Ratites
Order Struthioniformes
- flightless birds
- emu, ostrich, kiwi, rhea, cassowary
- sternal keel is absent
- smaller pectoral muscles
Mammals
Class Mammalia
Derived Characteristics of Mammals
- mammary glands
-hair
- endothermic
- diaphragm - muscle that aids in breathing
- larger brain than other vertebrates of equal size
- long duration of the care of young
- differentiated teeth (incisors, canines, pre-molars, molars)
- dentary/squamosal jaw articulation
Synapsids
- mammals
- single temporal fenestra
- two of the bones that formerly made up the jaw (articular & quadrate), now are part of the inner ear --> adds mechanical amplification of sound
- mammals have dentary/squamosal articulation
When the did the first true mammals arise?
During the Jurassic period ( 200-145 mya)
Monotremes
- egg-layig mammals
-found only in Australia and New Guinea
ex: Echidna and the Platypus
- have hair and produce milk, but lack nipples
Marsupials
ex: opossums, kangaroos, koalas
- have nipples, produce milk
- higher metabolic rate; give birth to live young
- young are born early on in development and grow while nursing inside the mother's pouch = marsupium
Placenta
structure in which nutrients diffuse into the developing embryo from the mother's blood
- formed from part of the lining of the uterus
Eutherians
placental animals
- have more complex placentas than the marsupials
- young do not develop inside a pouch
- longer pregnancy term
- young complete their embryonic development inside the uterus ; connected to mother via the placenta