Geological Sciences
 

Paleontology

Paleontology
Distribution, morphology, paleoecology, evolution, and stratigraphic significance of organisms in the geologic record. Field trips.
GEOL
480
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 2.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesGEOL 112
 TaughtFall
 ProgramsContaining GEOL 480
Course Outcomes: 

Fundamentals

Demonstrate understanding of the nature of fossils and types of fossilization that turn organic remains into fossils.

Nature of the Fossil Record-Taphonomy

Be able to explain the incompleteness of the fossil record and the taphonomic processes that affect fossils between death and burial and burial and discovery.

Taxonomy and Morphology

Be able to recognize the major groups of invertebrate fossils on the basis of their morphology and be able to identify key index fossils to the species level.

Uses of Fossils

Demonstrate understanding of the uses of fossils in solving geological problems: paleoenvironments, relative age, paleocology.

Evolution

Understand the role of fossils in demonstrating the patterns of evolution through time.