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Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change

Learn how changes in evolutionary developmental mechanisms have altered our way of life in this free online course.

Publisher: NPTEL
This free online course in developmental mechanisms of evolutionary change is an essential area of study needed to understand how mammals develop, grow and evolve completely. It allows us to look at the formation of different mammals and how similar we are in the early stages of life. It is a reminder of how much we have evolved from our prehistoric ancestors. This course will open your mind and answer age-old questions on evolution.
Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change
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This free online course in developmental mechanisms of evolutionary change is an introductory course on mammals’ evolution. You will be taught how embryonic development changes during single generations and relate this to the evolutionary transitions between generations. Developmental mechanisms explain how an embryo grows, transforms into an adult organism and ultimately dies. Mammalian eggs are among the tiniest in the animal realm, making them the hardest to manipulate experimentally. This course will explore how intercommunications between an organism and its environment impact development. You will appreciate how this environmentally responsive development, in turn, impacts ecology and evolution. On the other hand, developmental processes may stifle evolution, blocking certain qualities from evolving in some genealogies. Developmental mechanisms of evolutionary change is a moderately new discipline concentrating on how devices controlling development have changed during evolution. It is frightening to think that the organisms that we see nowadays have evolved from their initial forms. How were they different then, and why was a change needed?

As you work through the course, you will discover how the evolution in developmental biology, and the change in biological anthropology as a whole, has prepared us to the point where we indeed can start to appreciate how genes make an embryo form in the way that it does. How did life on Earth begin? Scientists are beginning to understand these crucial questions, which astonish us daily. We all share a universal set of genes that is readily obvious at the embryonic stage. This discovery is fascinating. In the early development stage, all animals look considerably similar. We take our limbs for granted, but can you imagine us having fins? This concept is beyond our imagination and is the benefit of evolution. We have evolved so significantly that the mere thought of us having fins seems far-fetched and unbelievable. Scientists speculate that developmental genes' changes have helped bring about large-scale evolutionary alterations where consequences such as these play a role in our makeup.

Evolution strikes a chord in society because it tells us how we and all the other living creatures came to be. The pace at which things are evolving is unexpected. No one could have predicted that we would eventually gain the knowledge we have today in understanding organisms and life as we know it. It's very challenging keeping up with the latest information when we are learning so quickly. Take a step back and watch how astounding and magical nature is. Would you like to know how and why we are constantly evolving? Evolution helps us solve biological problems that impact our everyday lives, as this world is continuously changing. Enrol in this course today and gain insight into this fascinating field of biological development and find the answers to those compelling questions!

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