Fall 2011

Paleontology and Geobiology

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-251

Formerly listed as: GEOL-27

Faculty

David S. Jones (Section 01)

Description

This course focuses on the history of life as preserved in the sedimentary rock record.  Students will learn how paleontologists and geobiologists use skeletal fossils, molecular fossils, and geochemical signatures to ask and answer questions about the evolution of ancient life and Earth history.  Students will study the origination, radiation, and extinction of major groups of organisms in the context of global environmental change, with an emphasis on invertebrate and microbial life.  Laboratories include the systematic description, identification, and interpretation of fossils in the field, in hand specimen, and in thin section. Three hours of lectures and three hours of laboratory.  Two weekend field trips are required.

Requisite:  GEOL 111 or BIOL 181 or 191.  Fall semester.  Professor Jones.

Keywords

Lab science course

Offerings

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016