This is a unique digital approach to a subject fundamental to preparation for professional schools in the health sciences. It is a manual of vertebrate embryology, including both text and atlas. It addresses several of the difficulties that students encounter in university level courses concerned with this aspect of developmental biology: (1) effective use of a light microscope, (2) visualizing three-dimensional structure while viewing thin, serially sectioned embryos, (3) applying fundamental physical principles to embryonic body design. It also provides opportunity to study the material effectively outside of scheduled laboratory hours when slides and microscopes are unavailable. The manual covers reproduction, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, neurulation, and morphogenesis. Morphogenesis emphasizes seven organ systems: nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, urogenital, skeleto-muscular and endocrine. The atlas provides extensive labeled representative serial sections of frog, chick, and pig embryos at different stages of development, including labeled whole mounts. Also included are labeled sections of reproductive organs, labeled whole mounts of starfish embryos and larvae, and labeled sections of tooth development. These are the embryos and organs most commonly used in university undergraduate embryology courses, particularly for pre-professional students. Paired with the labeled sections are self-quizzes and keys for students to measure the progress of their learning. Understanding is assisted by a glossary of over 500 terms. The accompanying text will appeal to students with its sometimes-humorous blend of descriptive and integrative content. Throughout the text students are reminded of the role that embryology plays in the study of biology in general, including fundamental physical principles that influence embryonic development. This manual is the one the authors wish they had when they were students, and represents their experience teaching the subject at The University of Hawai’i (Haley) and Auburn University (Kempf).
• 8 Chapters comprising 39 subsections
• More than 675 high quality images of labeled sections and wholemounts
• Numerous self-quizzes
• More than 25 illustrations
• 3 Tables
• Glossary of more than 500 terms
• 360 pages