EaES 466

Principles of Paleontology

Instructor: Plotnick
Components: lectures, labs, discussion, field trips, paper
Prerequisite: EaES 360 or consent of the instructor
Timing: n/a
Frequency: alternate years
Credits: 4 credit hours

This course focuses on the theory and methods of evolutionary paleobiology. Topics include systematic methods, functional and descriptive morphology, major patterns in the fossil record, mass extinctions, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy. Weekly discussion of readings from the primary literature. Labs focus on a review of major fossil groups and on paleontological methods. Visits are made to the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum, as well as a field trip to a fossil collecting site.