Catalog Number: 1201
Number of Credits: 3
Dramatic extinction events, shifts in atmospheric and marine chemistry, paleoclimatic upheavals, competition for resources, and other factors have shaped marine life over 3.5 billion years of evolution, and without this context it is impossible to fully understand the oceans today. In this course we will examine the origins of life on earth, important patterns of evolution, paleoecology, and extinction of the major invertebrate groups, and the evolution of modern marine ecosystems. In-class lab time will focus on identifying invertebrate fossils and learning how to interpret their lifestyles, behaviors, and interactions with their environment and other organisms.Offered occasionally. Lecture 3 hours.