Principles of animal evolution and systematics. Evolution of Chordata and primitive forms. Description of the different classes of Vertebrates: Jawless fishes, Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds. Main adaptations, phylogenetic relationships and main orders. Sardinian verebrate fauna and endemisms. Threats to animal biodiversity. Principles of animal conservation biology.
Lab activities on: non-invasive genetics and morphometrical analysis. Practices on identification of animal species in the field.