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Cladistics part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This is the third in a series of exercises in Cladistics for students. The first two are simpler, because they are planned to "work out." This one requires students to grapple with choosing characters (and character states) as well as deal with homology.
Correlation part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Rocks from different regions can be correlated by fossils, by rock type, and by absolute dates. This exercise is meant to illustrate to students that many different parts of a rock record can be correlated, but do not necessarily correlate the same thing.
Principles of Paleontology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of paleontology - the study of fossil organisms in the geological record. Topics to be covered include: Taphonomy and the processes of fossilization; Principles of evolution as evidenced by the fossil record; Taxonomy and the recognition and naming of fossil species; Biostratigraphy as a means of dating a rock and/or learning about ancient environments; Geochemistry of fossils as a means to understand ancient habitats and behaviors. The course will include an overview of important fossil groups with hands-on experience and a field trip.