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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.

DESCRIPTION: Distribution, morphology, paleoecology, and evolution of organisms in the geologic record. Includes vertebrates, invertebrates, and plant life.
TAUGHT: Fall '05, Fall '06, Winter '08, Fall '08
CONTENT AND 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
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Know significance of fossils and how preserved.
2. Know categories of life forms and relate to time and space.
3. Know principles of paleontology and appply to fossil record.
4. Know methods of fossil extraction and specimen preparation.
5. Know concepts of organic evolution and relate to fossil record.
REQUIREMENTS: Attendance on required field trips is expected.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 112 or a general biology class.
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002