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Marine Invertebrate Paleontology

Joel Thompson

Eckerd College
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


Introductory upper level undergraduate course in marine invertebrate paleo.

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Subject: Geoscience:Paleontology
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Paleontology
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Course Context:

This course is required for our geology majors and also a popular elective for biology students. Geology students have had first-years courses and Biology student commonly have had invertebrate biology course.

Course Goals:

For geology majors the goals are for the students to be able to:

Identify the various invertebrate fauna found in the fossil record.
How to use these groups in interpreting the record in terms of environments and with respect to geologic time.
Increase there understanding of the nature of the record and its usefulness and limitations.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

In this course the lecture topics and the labs are closely tried and the student use what they heard and noted in lecture to complete the labs each week.

Skills Goals

student research and writing a research paper is included along with the lectures and labs.


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