This is the homepage for a course focusing on evolution, the nature of science, and how to write well. The course focuses on Burgess Shale and starts with "Wonderful Life" (Gould, 1989), to study arthropods, evolution, and geologic time from this point, but also analyze why Gould is such an effective writer. The course web site contains the syllabus, descriptions of assignments, links to helpful and interesting resources (including annotated lists of relevant books and scientific controversies), and fossil descriptions, all in PDF format.
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Part of the Starting Point collection. The Starting Point collection includes resources addressing the needs of faculty and graduate students designing, developing, and delivering entry-level undergraduate courses in geoscience.