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GEOL 321 Paleontology

4 s.h.

Fossils are a fundamental component of the rock record and provide the only direct evidence of past life on Earth. Fossils can help solve many geologic and biologic problems of interest, such as the dating of events in the geologic record, interpretation of depositional environments, paleogeography, climate change, the nature of mass extinction, and the history of biodiversity, at a temporal perspective unavailable when studying modern systems. In this course students will learn how to address questions and solve problems related to these topics through lab activities involving hypothesis testing, interactive lectures, presentations, projects, and discussions of the scientific literature. Offered Spring only. (LA)

Prerequisite: GEOL 220 or BIOL 181.

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