Ralph Willoughby

Geological Sciences

University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Activities (2)

Fossil Identification and Classification Lab part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
In four lab sessions, students pick fossils from Pleistocene bulk sediment, identify taxa, compile a faunal list, and interpret environments. Strength of the exercise is hands-on experience with fossils, directly tied to making and evaluating paleogeographic models.

Eocene Exposure Field Trip part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This field trip visits an exposure near Aiken, South Carolina in Eocene, unconsolidated, clayey quartz sand with abundant trace fossils Ophiomorpha ichnosp. and Ophiomorpha nodosa. Early in the course, this trip gives students non-intimidating, hands-on, instructive experience with fossil material.

Course

Paleontology, AGLY 311 part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
Paleontology, AGLY 311, surveys all aspects of life on Earth. We will discuss fossils of single-celled organisms, invertebrate and vertebrate animals, microscopic organisms, simple plants, and advanced plants, as well as nonfossiliferous organisms, trace fossils, the origin of life, evolution, taxonomy, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, ecostratigraphy, rudimentary statistics, and more.


Events and Communities

Teaching Paleontology Workshop 2009 Participants