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Vertebrate Biology Week 3 Notes

by: Kenzie Busick

Vertebrate Biology Week 3 Notes BZ 214

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Description of the origins of jaws, and fins. Also beginning to explain vertebrate life in water.
Animal Biology- Vertebrates
Shane Kanatous
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Biology, Vertebrates, jaws, fins, aquatic systems, life in water
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Date Created: 02/04/16
Vertebrates Week 3 02/04/2016 ▯ Jaw types based on attachment  Autostyli- mandibular arch not supported by the hyomandibula, but suspended from the skull (not a very firm attachment) o Found in Placoderms (step before teeth- first appearance of jaws), Depnoi (lungfish), and Tetrapods other than mammals  Amphistyli- jaw attached to braincase via two articulations; o A ligament connecting palatoquadrate to skull, and mandibular arch supported in part by hyomandibula o Most sarcoterygii, many chondrichthyes (sharks) and some osterichthyes (bony fish)  Hyostyli- mandibular arch attached to braincase via the hyomandibula o Modern bony fish o New dermal bone; the symplectic, may aid in jaw suspension  Metautostyli- jaw attached to the braincase directly through the quadrate ( a bone formed in the posterior part of the palatoquadrate) o Most amphibians, reptiles, and birds o Hyomandibular not involved in jaw suspension; instead gives rise to the columnella, which is involved in hearing o Other elements of the 2 and 3 arches contribute to the hyoid apparatus that supports the tongue and floor of the mouth  Craniostyly- entire upper jaw is incorporated into the braincase, lower jaw articulates with the squamosal bone o Most modern animals ▯ Origin of fins (paired appendages)  In a fluid environment (water or air) there are three directions of control o Pitch- is head up or down (tail and pelvic/pectoral fins) o Yaw- is head right or left (dorsal and anal fins) o Roll- is rotation around the longitudinal axis (regulated by dorsal fin)  Fins provide a means of control. By pushing against the water with its fins, a fish can control it motion in these three directions  Fins allow precise control and gives the fish the ability to orient its jaws relative to a food source or other object to be manipulated by the jaws Physical Characteristics of water  Covers 73% of the Earth’s surface: freshwater represents less than . 01% of the water  Comparison of water and air o Much less oxygen dissolved in water than there is in air o Diffusion rate lower in water than air (diffusion is based on moving from higher concentration to lower concentration) o Water is 800 denser than air  Viscosity- water 18-20 times more viscous than air (harder to move something more viscous, but more energy to move in something more viscous) o Heat conductivity is 24 times faster in water than air o Harder to maintain body temp in water (heat conductivity is 24 times faster) o Takes more energy to move on land because you employ more muscles to keep your skeleton upright, in contrast animals that live in water-> the water supports their body o Percent of oxygen used to ventilate- fish: 25% and rabbit: 1- 2% o The most efficient respiratory structure was gills because they are good at extracting oxygen from a low oxygen environment o The driving force behind respiration is diffusion-> move oxygen to an area of higher concentration to the body which is lower concentration ▯ Properties of respiratory environments  Oxygen content of water (inverse relationship) o The higher the water temperature -> the lower the oxygen content and vice versa o How much salt water can hold is directly related to temperature (directly related)  Ex- easier to dissolve sugar in hot coffe than cold coffee ▯ Advantages to living in water  Fairly stable temperature environment (takes a lot to heat/cool) o Marine doesn’t change more than 1-2 degrees for an entire year o Fresh water lakes can change more in terms of water temp  Body support ▯ Gills and respiration  The structure where gas exchange takes place is the gills o Water is pumped across the gills via a buccal pump o As you increase the need for more oxygen -> increase the surface area o Coming off the gill arch are numerous gill filaments  Gill filaments are divided into secondary lamellae o Ram ventilation – swim through the water with mouth open, so use the movement of the body to flow water over the gills  Used by active cartilaginous and bony fish o Each gill arch has two arteries that branch into each gill filament- the afferent artery and the efferent artery (carrying oxygenated blood to the body) o Counter current exchange- allows you to have the maximum length in which exchange can take place  The key to gill functioning and efficiency o Blood travels from heart-> gills-> rest of the body  Some fish can use swim bladders or lining of the mouth to extract oxygen in addition to gills o All respiratory surfaces have two key traits  Thin (can diffuse faster) and moist (traps gases and allows for diffusion) ▯ ▯


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