Five College Consortium

Paleontology

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
Geology
Course Number: 
251
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course focuses on the history of life as preserved in the sedimentary rock record.  Students will learn how paleontologists and geobiologists use skeletal fossils, molecular fossils, and geochemical signatures to ask and answer questions about the evolution of ancient life and Earth history.  Students will study the origination, radiation, and extinction of major groups of organisms in the context of global environmental change, with an emphasis on invertebrate and microbial life.  Laboratories include the systematic description, identification, and interpretation of fossils in the field, in hand specimen, and in thin section. Three hours of lectures and three hours of laboratory.  One weekend field trip required.


Requisite:  GEOL 111.   Fall semester.  Professor Jones.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
GEOL-251-01-1718F

Course Sections

Paleontology
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 David Jones djones@amherst.edu TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM BEBU 211