BASICS OF PALEONTOLOGY

Course ID: BBL-SE>PPAL
Course title: BASICS OF PALEONTOLOGY
Semester: 5 / Winter
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 10 / 20 hours
Field of study: Biology
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites: Geology, Botany, Zoology
Contact person: prof. dr hab. Leonid Rekovets leonid.rekovets@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Paleontology belongs to science prawie general biology. Will allow to explore the historical development of organisms from the beginning of their formation today. These data are based on the remains (fossils) with the possibility of morphological studies compared with extinct and contemporary forms. This gives rise to cognition taxa phylogeny and evolution of biocoenoses.
Full description: Course contents: The origin of life and organisms (speciation), advanced evolution; morphology, function and environment (adaptive origin); principals of the evolution of organisms; taphonomy and recording of geological time; principals of palaeo-ecology of organisms and biostratygraphy; principals of evolutionary biogeography
Bibliography: Romer A.S. Vertebrate paleontology. Chicago, University of Chicago, 1966, - 468p. Raup D, Stenley S. Principles of paleontology. Freeman and Compani, San Francisco, 1971. Benton M.J. (1 November 2004) Vertebrate Paleontology (Third ed.) Blacwell Publishing. pp.33,455 pp. . Leiggi, P. and May, P. (eds) (1994, 2004) Vertebrate Paleontological Techniques, Volumes I, II, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: W1 - known scientific theories and hypotheses about the origin of life on Earth, demonstrates knowledge of the historical stages of development of plants and animals in times of geologicznych.Opisuje their anatomy and and explains the function of substrate adaptation W2– student knows the systematic and chronological position of the most important extinct forms of plant and animals. W3 – student explains existing of so called alive fossils, characterizes them in evolutionary aspect Skills: U1 – student shows taxonomical affiliation of extinct forms on the base of their morphology, student interprets morphological adaptations in evolutionary context U2 – student shows the geological age of paleontological fossils U3 – student can present and use knowledge during cooperation with geologists and biologists Social competences: K1 – student is aware of the meaning of paleobiodifferences and popularize it’s security very actively K2– student shows the understanding of the historical and evolutional phenomenons in the nature
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: On the basis of oral statements.

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