Using Range Through Charts: Constructing a Diversity Curve part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This is a hands-on jigsaw-style assignment for a non-majors geology class that illustrates when different groups of organisms originate, persist and go extinct in geological time. Students will be able to construct and interpret a diversity curve for a designated group of organisms and compare their results to other groups of students in the class. Student groups will unite and combine data to create a synoptic diversity curve which will be compared to the Sepkoski curve.
Evolution vs. Creationism Term Paper Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
A term paper assigned for a Evolution vs. Creationism freshman seminar class. The purpose of this assignment is to allow students to critically evaluate one aspect of the Evolution vs. Creationism debate.
Evolution and Creationism part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
Creation stories are a central tenant to many of the world's religious traditions and help us to understand our place in the universe. At the same time, scientific evidence demonstrates how earth and the creatures living on it have evolved though the gradual processes of natural selection and genetic drift, punctuated with catastrophic mass extinctions and large-scale diversifications. This course serves to explore both worldviews framed in either faith or science, and how these two paradigms can coexist, if at all. Students complete readings on both topics and come to class ready to discuss and debate these ideas in a seminar-style setting. Students compose several opinion papers and one formal research paper. The course also includes one mandatory all-day field trip on a Saturday where the class will view the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.