Paleontology is the study of ancient organisms, their biology, evolution, and ecology. Paleontology plays a central role in geology because the creatures of the past provide so much information on ancient environments, climates, ecology, and geologic time. Being a paleontologist is like being a detective--observational skills, intuition and sheer hard work are need to be succeed.
Christopher A. McRoberts
1010 Bowers Hall
Upon completing this course students will be able to use the fossil record to make inferences about paleoenvironments and as a means of dating the relative age of fossil-bearing rocks. Hence it will be required that students demonstrate a general understanding of the various groups of fossil organisms and their stratigraphic occurrence, as well as the principles and theories of paleontological techniques and scientific reasoning.
Syllabus Lecture and Lab Schedule [in pdf]
Reference and Tutorial Website with lots of images of lab specimens to accompany the course.
Writing in the Geological Sciences document [in pdf]
You are expected to attend all lectures and laboratories; however, attendance per se will not be part of your grade assessment. Each student, however, will be responsible for material missed and any assignments due on the day of an absence. Unless otherwise excused (see below) make-up quizzes and exams will not allowed. Excused absences include your illness, a death or other family emergency, and must be documented.
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This page was created: August 25, 1997; modified: August 19, 2017