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Developmental Anatomy / Embryology (CVM 6903)

Embryology Courseware Online Summary (intended for CVM 6903 students)
This web page explains our organization of Embryology (Developmental Anatomy) courseware for online learning in CVM 6903. It is a portal for our web resources and includes content organization. (We currently teach Developmental Anatomy online in CVM 6903 Veterinary Anatomy I.)

Embryology Core Questions
This computer web site (& mobile device web app) presents core questions related to eleven embryology (developmental anatomy) topics. The keyboard, buttons & a slider are available to navigate among questions per topic. Students are expected to think about how they would answer each question and then use the mouse or the spacebar to reveal answers/images provided by the instructor. Each question has a short answer followed by a detailed answer that delivers additional information.

Embryology Highlights (Screencasts)
Veterinary Developmental Anatomy content is presented through a series of narrated video presentations (screencasts). Taken together, the series of screencasts constitutes an online Introductory Embryology course, subdivided into compact units. Initial units presenting fertilization, early embryogenesis, and placentation are followed by content units pertaining to body systems. (The screencasts were produced with Camtasia software. They are presented as 800 x 600px .mp4 streaming videoclips.)

Embryology Highlights (Mobile Device Screencasts)
A version of Embryology Highlights for mobile devices (a web app designed for smart phones & tablets) is available. Taken together, the narrated video presentations (screencasts) constitute an online Introductory Embryology course, subdivided into compact units. Initial units presenting fertilization, early embryogenesis, and placentation are followed by content units pertaining to body systems

Developmental Anatomy: Subject Outlines & Knowledge Self-Assessment
This web site is intended to supplement class notes or a textbook that provides embryology images. For each of a dozen embryology subjects, the web site presents an Outline of Topics, linked to True/False Questions with Explanations. The topical Outlines offer students another perspective of subject matter content. The Questions provide an opportunity to self-assess embryology knowledge so that understanding can be clarified prior to course examinations. The T/F Quizzes are geared for instruction, rather than grading. Embryology terms are shown in bold type in the Outline pages.

Veterinary Developmental Anomalies
New! This web site presents Dr. V. S. Cox's collection of veterinary developmental anomaly images. The images are organized by system and by region. Anomaly commentaries and links to PDF descriptions of normal developmental anatomy are included.

Mitosis-Meiosis Review (mobile web app)
This web app provides a review of mitosis and meiosis for veterinary students studying fertilization in Embryology. The Review illustrates how germ cells give rise to four haploid gametes with unique genotypes via meiosis, in contrast to mitosis which produces two identical daughter cells. Gametogenesis is also reviewed. The web app is designed for smart phones, but it may be viewed on tablet or computer browsers.

Developmental Anatomy Lecture Notes( PDF)
Developmental Anatomy class lecture notes (79 pages). The notes are in a PDF document (screen resolution).

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External URL Links:

Link: Developmental Anatomy from University of Cordoba, Spain
Prof. J.G. Monterde of the Veterinary School, University of Cordoba, Spain, has developed an outstanding Developmental Anatomy web site. The free web site illustrates embryonic development via a comprehensive set of cartoon animations. Your browser must activate a Flash Player to view the animations.

Link: Comparative Placentation from University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Kurt Benirschke established a Comparative Placentation web site that describes placentas of numerous species, mostly collected from the San Diego Zoo.

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