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G411 Fall Semester 2017 Outline


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August 22 Introduction to Invertebrate Paleontology
August 24 Introduction to macroinvertebrate phyla
August 29 Marine Ecology and Paleoecology; Chapter 1
August 31 Morphology, ultrastructure and taphonomy of fossil shells: Testing the fidelity of the fossil record
September 5 Preservation and Fossilization; Chapter 2
September 7 IU Paleontology Collections – Management and curatorial issues
Saturday September 10 Field Trip to Madison, IN to study fossils, stratigraphy and sedimentology
September 12 The live cycle of individuals - Ontogeny
Sepbember 14 Fossil and modern populations; statistical analyses; Chapter 3
September 19 The species concept
September 21 Classification and taxonomy; Phylum Mollusca; Chapter 4
September 26 Phylogeny: principles and relationships of major groups
September 28 Fossils
October 3 Evolution morphology; Chapter 5
October 5 Form and function: classification and comparative functional morphology – bivalves and brachiopods
October 10 Biostratigraphic concepts and methods; the utility of biostratigraphy; Chapter 6
October 12 The utility of biostratigraphic groups: cephalopods
October 17 Evolution: definitions, evolutionary rates and patterns Chapter 7
October 19 Mobility of invertebrates: functional morphology of arthropods and echinoderms
October 24 GSA meeting, no formal class period - study for exam
October 26 Midterm exam
October 31 Macroevolution and its relation to ecology; Chapter 8, p. 211-228
November 2 Precambrian record of evolution and Cambrian "Explosion" in Chapter 10
November 7 Discussion of concepts and theory with fossil specimens
November 9 Fossils
November 14 Extinction, mass extinction, and patterns of recovery after extinctions; Chapter 8, Selections from Chapter 10
November 16 Paleoecology: exemplified by corals and encrusters concepts and definitions; Chapter 9
November 20-23 Thanksgiving Break
November 28 Paleoecologic methods and evolutionary paleoecology
November 30 Biogeographic concepts; Chapter 9
December 5 Biologic and ecologic advantages of coloniality
December 7 Class discussion of conservation and paleobiology. Chapter 10
December 14 Final Exam 5:00-7:00 pm Thursday December 14, Room 522
   

SELECTED TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED DURING THE SEMESTER

  • Introduction to Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Marine ecology and paleoecology, including shell mineralogy, ocean acidification
  • Fossilization, preservation, and special preservation windows
  • Ontogeny, the life cycle of individuals
  • Fossil and modern populations; statistical analyses
  • The species concept
  • Classification and taxonomy
  • Phylogeny principles and relationships of major groups
  • Form and function, and evolutionary morphology
  • Biostratigraphic concepts and methods; the utility of biostratigraphy
  • Evolution: definitions, evolutionary rates and patterns, concepts and principles
  • Macroevolution and its relation to ecology
  • Precambrian record of evolution and the Cambrian "Explosion"
  • Extinction, mass extinction, and patterns of recovery after extinctions
  • Paleoecologic methods and evolutionary paleoecology
  • Biogeographic concepts
  • Conservation paleobiology
  • IU Collections – Management and curatorial issues
  • Introduction to macroinvertebrate phyla
  • Morphology, ultrastructure and taphonomy of fossil shells: Testing the fidelity of the fossil record
  • Classification and comparative functional morphology: Bivalvia and Brachiopoda
  • Paleoecology, as exemplified by corals and encrusters
  • Biologic and ecologic advantages of coloniality
  • Mobility of invertebrates: functional morphology of arthropods and echinoderms