EOSC 425 · Palaeontology

Paleobiogeography in the context of plate tectonics. Mass extinction events. Fossilization and biases in the fossil record. Species concepts in paleontology. Biostratigraphy. Paleontological evidence for early life; the colonization of oceanic and terrestrial environments and; the evolution of the primates. [2-3-0] Prerequisite: EOSC 222.

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Learning goals: 
1. Describe the paleontological evidence for the origin of life and its subsequent development. 

2. Use paleontological data and samples in the interpretation of Earth history and the development of the biosphere. 

3. Investigate specific paleontological topics and present a synthesis of the data in both written and oral forms that is consistent with professional paleontological research practices.

Textbook

2009, Benton, M. J & Harper, D. A. T. Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record 

Provisional Course Content

(subject to change)

MODULE 1: Invertebrates
Echinoderms
Bryozoans / Oceanic Circulation
MODULE 2: Early Life and the evolution of skeletons
Early Life
The rise of the Metazoa and Snowball Earth
Phanerozoic Diversification
MODULE 3: Vertebrate Paleontology and Trace Fossils
Vertebrates
Hominids
Trace Fossils
MODULE 4: Species and Diversification
Species and Speciation
Taxonomy (Chitinozoa case study)
Paleobiogeograph
MODULE 5: Paleontology an Earth System Science
Earth System Science and Extinction Events
Permian Extinction
K-Pg Extinction
MODULE 6: STUDENT LED SEMINARS

Provisional Lab Content

(subject to change)
 
- Geological Time
- Seminar and poster bootcamp
- Echinoderms / Bryozoans
- Precambrian/Cambrian faunas
- Vertebrates
- Hominids
- Trace fossils
- Species and Taxonomy
- Paleobiogeography