After completion of the course the student should be able to
discuss the principles of the nature of the fossil record, fossil preservation including exceptional preservation, phylogeny, evolution and classification from a palaeontological perspective
identify the major invertebrate fossil groups
reconstruct the environment and ecology of selected invertebrate groups both in the laboratory and the field
describe and evaluate the ecology of a field collection of fossils including the use of appropriate photographic, preparatory and microscopy techniques
assess selected controversies in palaeobiology by reference to the scientific literature
Nature of the fossil record. Principles of palaeobiology and evolution. Classification and phylogeny. Evolution and the fossil record. Palaeoecology. Current topics in palaeobiology. Practical work with fossils.
Lectures, seminars, practicals and field course.
Written examination (7.5 credits). Practicals and field course (2.5 credits), active participation in seminars (2.5 credits), written essay (2.5 credits).
The field course will cause costs for travel and accommodation for the student.