This course is for MSc students in Biology.
Coordinator: Dr. L.W. van den Hoek-Ostende
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.
- Overview on the history of Earth.
- Importance of paleobiology for biology.
- Methods of paleobiology research.
- Vertebrate paleontology.
Overview of paleobiological topics and methods
From 8 April to 19 April 2018, except for Wednesday afternoons.
Mode of instruction
Lectures and practicals
The course will be assessed by a written exam
Blackboard will be used for communication
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Exchange and Study Abroad students please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.