This course is not active. Please contact Department Chair for more information.
- Defining fossils
- Fossilization types
- Taxonomy, classification and systematics
- Taphonomic theory and examples
- Individuals and populations
- Precambrian organisms
- The rise of animals with hard parts
- Marine Invertebrates of the Paleozoic
- Land plants and their origins
- Paleozoic vertebrates
- Marine Invertebrates of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic
- Mesozoic vertebrates
- Cenozoic vertebrates
- Reconstructing lifestyles: form and function
- The mechanisms of evolution
- The record of evolution
- Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
- Fossils and sedimentary rocks
- Trace fossils
This course will involve 2 hours/week of direct lectures; 2 hours of lab in which students will directly examine fossil samples or work with specific interpretive problems; and 2 hours of seminar in which instructor and students will discuss key topics, view slide or film presentations, or work on individual projects. Field trips will be scheduled when appropriate. Readings will be assigned to supplement the lectures.
|Lab paper / Project||20%|
|Lab exercises (5, bi-weekly)||25%|
Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Use a variety of means to identify and classify a wide variety of fossils.
- Describe and provide examples of taphonomic theory.
- Describe the major changes in life through geologic time and the evidence used to support the interpretation(s) of the fossil record.
- Show an understanding of how the principles of Biostratigraphy are used to reconstruct ancient environments.
- Show an understanding of the mechanisms of evolution.
- Show an understanding of how fossils can be used to reconstruct tectonic plate boundaries.
- Describe the uses of trace fossils and be able to identify a variety of trace fossils.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Stearn, Colin W. and Robert L. Carroll (1989), Paleontology: The Record of Life. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG GEOL 2XXX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU EASC 310 (3)||2006/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU EASC 203 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2006/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOL 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOL 2XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GEOL 3XX (2)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO EESC 2nd (3)||2005/05/01 to 2014/04/30|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO EESC 121 (3)||2014/05/01 to 2019/04/30|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV EOSC 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GEOG 2XX (4)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC EOS 2XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|