Knowledge Survey Questions - Paleobiology
Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 2
- What characteristics define a "fossil?"
- Provide evidence for evolution, using both modern and ancient examples.
Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 3
- Describe the major anatomical features that distinguish among the common invertebrate phyla represented in the fossil record.
- Describe cladistics, and explain why is it important to identify monophyletic groups.
- Explain why it is important to study evolution in a phylogenetic framework.
- Explain how a single morphological character can be either a synapomorphy or a symplesiomorphy to a cladist.
- Compare and contrast gradualistic vs. punctuated modes / patterns of evolution.
- Describe the features that link Phylum Echinodermata to Phylum Chordata.
Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 4
- Explain why taphonomic analysis is a critical first step in the study of paleobiological / paleoecological questions.
- Design a figure that illustrates morphological change over time.
- Describe how predation has played a role in evolution.
Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 5
- Design a study that explores the timing/mode (e.g., gradual vs. abrupt) of mass extinctions in the rock record.
Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 6
- Design a study that explores and reveals the general conditions conducive to fossilization.
- Evaluate the role that extinction plays in evolution.