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Paleontology part of Courses
Focuses on systematics of the major groups of past life represented in the fossil record; includes taxonomy, biogeography, and phylogeny. Explores the utility of fossils in paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and ...

Introduction to Paleontology part of Courses
A review of major principles and techniques in paleontology including but not limited to evolutionary relationships and processes, systematics, community analysis, and comparative anatomy of living organisms and ...

Paleobiology part of Courses
An organismal and systems approach to the study of the marine and terrestrial fossil record. The course will focus on diversification and extinction of biotas in the context of the environmental history of Earth. ...

Quaternary Paleontology part of Courses
This is a required course for the undergraduate degree in geoarchaeology. Most of the students that take the course are majors in anthropology, biology, and geology. The course provides an overview of Pleistocene ...

Historical Geology part of Courses
The main purpose of this class is to understand how the Earth's surface, climate and life have changed over geological time periods and that we are living on an ever changing planet.

Regional Geology Field Trip part of Courses
Field investigation of selected regions of North America for study of mineralogic, lithologic, stratigraphic, structural, paleontologic, geomorphological, or other geological relationships. Six to fifteen days in ...

Paleontological Field and Museum Methods part of Courses
Two-week trip to visit Triassic field localities in the American Southwest.

GS 150: Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies part of Courses
This course has the general goal of providing an introduction to scientific reasoning how our hypotheses about the natural world are formed, accepted, modified, and rejected using examples from the history ...

Biodiversity Through Time part of Courses
Biodiversity Through Time is introduction to the study of fossil invertebrates with emphasis on preservation, taphonomy, diversity trajectories through geologic time, evolutionary mechanisms, extinction, ...

Dinosaurs part of Courses
Dinosaur paleontology incorporates concepts from geology and biology and integrates aspects of chemistry, physics and mathematics to explain and understand these magnificent animals, the environments in which they ...

Paleontology and Stratigraphy part of Courses
Upper-level undergraduate paleontology course that also covers a significant amount of stratigraphy

Invertebrate Paleontology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Earth History Approach:Examples
This is a classic evolution-and-fossils kind of course. Students go through major invertebrate groups, examine and interpret fossils and assemblages. Rather than approach the whole world chronologically, the course ...

Wonderful Life part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Earth History Approach:Examples
This course uses the Ediacaran fauna as a focus to teach about evolution, the nature of science, and how to write well. The students start off reading "Wonderful Life" (Gould, 1989 ), which deals with ...



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