GEOL-G 404 Geobiology

Lecture 01:25P-02:15P TR GY 447 Polly P
Laboratory 32959 12:20P-02:15P W GY 518 Polly P
COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inquiry credit

Vertebrate paleontology is the study of the history, evolution, ecology, and functional morphology of mammals, birds, reptiles, dinosaurs, fishes, and their kin.  This course covers the history of vertebrate life in its geological, evolutionary, and environmental contexts.  Labs focus on practical skills in osteology, functional interpretation, phylogenetic reconstruction, functional morphometrics, scanning, and analysis of data sets.

The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  The formal prerequisites are BIOL-L 111 (Evolution and Diversity), GEOL-G 308 (Paleontology and Geology of Indiana), or GEOL-G 334 (Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy), but consent will be granted to any genuinely interested student who has had at least one 100-level course in a related science (e.g., Geology, Biology, Anthropology, Geography).

Assessment is based on exams, lab exercises, and a research term paper of the student’s choosing.

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