Paleobiology

Vakbeschrijving Paleobiology
Collegejaar: 2018-2019
Studiegidsnummer: 4313PAB17
Docent(en):
  • Dr. L.W. van den Hoek Ostende
  • Dr. M. R├╝cklin
  • Dr. I.M. van Waveren
  • Dr. L. Kriegsman
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 3
Niveau: 500
Periode: Semester 2
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Wel Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is for MSc students in Biology.

Contact information

Coordinator: Dr. L.W. van den Hoek-Ostende
Email: lars.vandenhoekostende@naturalis.nl

Description

The biodiversity of extant organisms is a result of millions of years of evolution, documented in the fossil record. In this course an overview of paleobiology, the science studying fossils, and its importance for biology will be given. The origin of life and its evolution will be seen in context of geological processes forming sediments preserving fossils, changes of the environment and the geography on earth. Taphonomic processes restricting the fossil record and difficulties interpreting earliest records of life will be discussed. The evolution of organisms in deep time and characteristic fossils will be studied in examples and paleobiological techniques taught. A major emphasis is on vertebrate paleontology with hands-on experience.

Learning goals

Course objectives:

  • Overview on the history of Earth.
  • Importance of paleobiology for biology.
  • Methods of paleobiology research.
  • Vertebrate paleontology.

Final qualifications:
Overview of paleobiological topics and methods

Timetable

From 8 April to 19 April 2018, except for Wednesday afternoons.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and practicals

Assessment method

The course will be assessed by a written exam

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for communication

Reading list

n.a.

Registration

Via USIS and enroll in Blackboard

Exchange and Study Abroad students please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

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