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Lab 9: Stalked echinoderms, graptolites, conodonts, and trace fossils

Joel Thompson
Eckerd College
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Last lab for my invertebrate paleontology course, which covers some of the lesser known groups. Strength is that the students get to see fossil example of each of these groups to help bring them to life rather just pictures in a book.

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Upper level undergraduate marine invertebrate paleo course required for our majors.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Need to have read and been given lectures on the topic before doing the lab

How the activity is situated in the course

It is the last lab of the semester.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Introduce the students to the stalked echinoderns, graptolites, conodonts, and trace fossils.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

synthesis of learned materials in examining fossil examples

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Description of the activity/assignment

Outcome is the hands-on time with the various fossil specimens which will help them be able to identify similar fossils in the future.

Determining whether students have met the goals

evaluate the written lab exercise they turn in.

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