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Vertebrates Week 7

by: Kenzie Busick

Vertebrates Week 7 BZ 214

Kenzie Busick
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Vertebrates transition to land, new challenges, and advantages and disadvantages
Animal Biology- Vertebrates
Shane Kanatous
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Skeleton, Vertebrates, intramembranous ossification, endochondral bone, amphibians
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Date Created: 03/06/16
Vertebrates Week 7 03/01/2016 ▯ Transition to land  Lobed finned fishes were ancestors to amphibians  Ordovician period: start to see plants and arthropods to come onto land  Continental movement: start to break up-> begin to see more coastline appearing o The more coastline increases the odds for vertebrates success on land  Lung fish: lived in shallow water-> higher temperature-> low oxygen in the water ▯ New challenges on land  Feel the effects of gravity much more than they would in water o Have to start supporting their body mass o Beached whales/fish are killed because of the shock of the pressure from gravity for the first time  Lobed fin-> early amphibians; increase in bone density- skeleton has to get stronger in order to support the body mass  Amphibians->early amniotes; well developed neck/head is free from pectoral girdle  loose the ability to create suction when feeding on land  change how you breath/circulate blood  need to keep from drying out; need to keep moisture inside the body ▯ Skeleton  Bony fish: trunk and caudal region  Early tetrapod: start to have cervical vertebrae and some vertebrae that supports the caudal region  Primitive amniote: clearer separation in cervical vertebrae, trunk is now classified as the thorax, caudal region  Mammal like: clear neck, thorax region (ribs), lumbar vertebrae, sacral fused to the pelvis, tail (caudal region)  Density of skeleton; bones have to become more dense in order to fight gravity, the larger the organism-> denser the bones to support increased body mass  Muscles contract against internal skeleton o Muscles only contract in a single plane-> there is a number of muscles working in order for movement o Increased musculature in the face and head o Primates have the most musculature across the face-> allow for facial expressions ▯ Advantages to land  New food resources  Avoidance of aquatic predators and competitors  Oxygen abundant o Open the door to higher metabolic rates ▯ Disadvantages to land  Water become limiting factor in distribution o Have to keep themselves from desiccating (drying out)  Gravity o Necessitates new morphological designs o There is gravity in water, but the density of the water counteracts the pressure (increase in the need for energy)  Water has high heat capacity-> stable temperatures o Land has huge fluctuation in temperatures  The challenge usually comes down to if the organism can get enough food to get the energy they need ▯ Bone  Inorganic components of bone comprise 60% of the dry weight and provide the strength of bone; organic compound is primarily collagen (gives bone tensile strength)  Important roles o Provides support and movement via attachments for soft tissue and muscle o Protects vital organs o Major site for red marrow for production of blood cells o Plays a role in metabolism of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus  Two basic structural types; compact and spongy o Compact: forms the outer shell of all bones and also the shafts of long bones o Spongy: found at the expanded heads of long bones and fills most Irregular bones; allows for compressibility (absorb shock from gravity)  Most important thing for blood is the need for blood supply for formation and maintenance  Firoblasts form collage, osteoblasts form bone cells and together these form membrane bone (bone deposited directed in a blastema)  Osteoblast- membrane and dermal bone  Chondroblast- endochondral bone ▯ Intramembranous ossification: is the process of membrane bone formation- dermal bone/flat bones  Still have spongy and compact bone associated with it  Events that take place in intramembranous bone formation o Increased vascularity of tissue o Active proliferation of mesenchymal cells o Osteoblasts begins to lay down osteoid o Osteoblasts either retreat or become entrapped as osteocytes in the osteoid o The osteoid calcifies to form spicules of spongy bone o Bone remodeling occurs (periosteum and compact bone are formed)  This process gave rise to o Bones of the lower jaw, skull and pectoral girdle o Dentin and other bone that develops in the skin o Vertebrae in some vertebrates (teleosts, urodeles, and apodans) ▯ Endochondral ossification: is the process in which bone is deposited in pre extisting cartilage and such bone is called replacement bone  Once the majority of the shaft has replaced cartilage with bone, you have epiphyseal plates at each side of the bone that stay cartilage (also called the growth plates)  Primary center of ossification o The first site of ossification occurs in the primary center of ossification, which is the shaft  Steps for primary center of ossification o Formation of the periosteum: contains a layer of undifferentiated cells which later become osteoblasts o Formation of bone collar: osteoblasts secrete osteoid against the shaft of the cartilage model, serves as support for the new bone o Calcification of matrix: nutrients no longer diffuse if the matrix ecomes sufficiently calcified, this create cavities within the bone o Invasion of periosteal bud: consists of blood vessels, lymph vessels, and nerve. Form hemopoietic cells that later form bone marrow o Formation of trabeculae: osteoblasts use the calcified matrix as a scaffold and begin to secrete osteoid, which forms bone trabucula. Osteoclasts breaks down spongy bone to form the medullary (bone marrow) cavity.  Secondary center of ossification o Cartilage is retained in the epiphyseal plate. Located between the diaphysis (the shaft) and the epiphysis (end) of the bone  These areas of cartilage are known as secondary centers of ossification o Cartilage cells undergo the same transformation as above, as growth progresses the proliferation of cartilage cells in the epiphyseal plate slows and eventually stops. Only articular cartilage remains o Only articular cartilage remains, continues in adult at a much reduced rate ▯ Skeletal Adaptions  Somatic skeleton = axial skeleton (vertebral columm, ribs, sternum, and skull) & appendicular skeleton  In evolution of the tetrapod limb, there are several new innovations that increase the load carrying capacity of the limbs as these animals adopt to an increasingly terrestrial environment  Vertebral column- vertebrae: consists of a centrum (or body), 1 or 2 arches, plus various processes for muscle attachment o Amphicelous  Concave at both ends o Opisthocoelous  Concave in front and convex in back o Procelous  Concave in front and convex in back o Acelous  Flat-ended o Heterocelous  Saddle-shaped centrum at both ends  Vertebral arches o Neural arch – on top of centrum o Hemal arch – beneath centrum in caudal vertebrae of fish, salamander, most reptiles, some birds, and many long-tailed mammals  Vertebral processes o Projections from arches and centra o Some give rigidity to the column, articulate with ribs, or serve as site of muscle attachment  Transverse processes o Most common type of process: extend laterally from the base of a neual arch or centrum and separate the epaxial and hypaxial muscles  Diapophyses & parapophyses o Articulate with ribs  Prezygapophyses (cranial zygapophyses) & postzygapophyses (caudal zygapophyses) o Articulate with one another and limit flexion and torsion of the vertebral column Amphibians  Consist of three groups that evolved 50 million years ago  Must lay eggs directly in water or in extremely humid areas o Still connected to water  Very thin skin, which is maintained moist (vast majority can breath through the skin)  3 extant groups; Urodeles (salamanders), anurans (frogs/toads), gymnophionans (caecilians)  modern day amphibians lack true ribs; don’t circle and enclose the body cavity  anurans: o elongated hind limbs (for leaping) o more fusion of bones  urostyle (stiff for jumping)  reducing the amount of work they have to do to keep their body stiff- save energy- less muscles ▯ Shared and derived characteristics  Cutaneous gas exchange o Exchange gas across the skin  Thin and moist o Vary across the group- toads have fairly dry skin o Skin has no external covering; no scales, hair, feathers to block exchange of air across it o If you can exchange oxygen across the surface-> can also exchange water (reasons they have to stay near water because at risk of drying out)  Papilla amphibiorum o A sensory area of the inner ear which is sensitive to sound frequencies below 1000 Hz  Wider range of hearing o Papilla basilaris is sensitive to frequencies above 1000 Hz, which is what other vertebrates have, however, amphibians have both  Operculum-columnella complex o Bones involved in transmitting sounds to the inner ear o Start to adapt the head to pick up sounds  Green rods o In eyes, distinct type of retinal cell o Sensitive to blue light  Pedicellate teeth o Teeth that sit on the base of pedicle from which the crown is separated by a fibrous connection  Levator bulbi muscle o Pushes the eye out, thin muscle on the floor of the orbit o Helps pull air in and out of the nasal passages because they lack a rib cage  Other shared characteristics o Ectothermic (all animals except birds and mammals) o Lack true ribs o Mucous glands in the skin  May contain poison o Larval stage and metamorphosis o Adult forms are carnivorous ▯ Salamander  Lack hair, feathers, scales which Secrete a moisturizing mucous o Most reliant on cutaneous resp.  Salamanders are characterized by Long tails, unspecialized limbs, and A relatively flattened skull  Vertebral column in modified to provide skin of salamander Support and flexibility on land  Sacral and cervical vertebrae, allows for increased pelvic and head support o Undulatory type of locomotion (moves like a fish on land) ▯ Salamander reproduction  Rely on olfaction and vision for mate selection  90% of all salamanders utilize internal fertilization o spermatophore: deposited on a substrate and the female will take it with her cloaca o eggs deposited in water or moist environment  ▯ ▯


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