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Paleontology
PALEONTOLOGY
CLASS CODE: GEOL 480 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $50.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Distribution, morphology, paleoecology, and evolution of organisms in the geologic record. Includes vertebrates, invertebrates, and plant life.
DESCRIPTION: This general course is offered as an elective for the student who is interested in gaining greater understanding in the occurrence, development, taxonomic relationships, and paleoecologic significance of major invertebrate and vertebrate fossil animal groups as well as a brief introduction to fossil plants. A student preparing to teach earth science or biological science would find this course helpful. Also geology majors interested in petroleum or field related areas would want to take this course.
TOPICS: 1. Introduction to Fossil Records
2. Species and Variation
3. Systematics
4. Evolution and Extinction
5. Morphology
6. Paleoecology, Biogeography, Ichnofossils
7. Biostratigraphy
8. Micropaleo
9. Sponges, Archaeocyathids, Cnidarians
10. Brachiopods and Bryozoans
11. Molluscs
12. Anthropods
13. Echinoderms
14. Vertebrates, Fish, Amphibians
15. Reptiles
16. Mammals
17. Intro to Paleobotany
OBJECTIVES: A student completing this course will demonstrate by testing a basic understanding of fossil life forms and their occurrence in time and space. Skills in collecting, extraction, preparation, and identification of fossils will also be demonstrated by the student.
REQUIREMENTS: Attendance on required field trips is expected.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 112 or a general biology class.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002