Fall 2021

Paleontology and Geobiology

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-251

Formerly listed as: GEOL-27

Moodle site: Course


David S. Jones (Section 01)


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. One weekend field trip required.

Requisite: GEOL 111 or consent of instructor.  Fall semester. Professor Jones.


Lab Science Course


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2023