Vertebrate Paleontology

Course Information
TitleΠΑΛΑΙΟΝΤΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΣΠΟΝΔΥΛΩΤΩΝ / Vertebrate Paleontology
CodeGGG 426Y
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorDimitrios Kostopoulos
Course ID40001735

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • GGG 320Υ Invertebrate Paleontology
  • GGN 216E Biology
Learning Outcomes
1)The student recognizes the basic principles and laws governing the evolution of vertebrate organism. He/she compares, explains and distinguishes the stations of this development and links the evolution of vertebrates with basic geological-geomorphological and climatic changes in the planet's history. 2)Alongside the student to acquire skills in high use, recovery and synthesis of paleontological data in solving geological and evolutionary problems either individually or collectively, and to organize and present the results. The student to accept and support the theory of evolution by documenting examples of vertebrate paleontology.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Histry of Vertebrate Paleontology. Fossils-Fossilisation-Taphonomy. Types of Fossil accumulations-excavation-preservation. Basics of evolutionary theory. The species concept. Linnean and phylogenetic systematics. Mass extinction. Geological time and early history of Life. The Cambrian explosion and the emergence of vertebrates. Earth during Palaeozoic- from agnatha to gnathostoma. The emergence of tetrapodes. The end of palaeozoic-Batrachomorpha & Herpetomorpha. The first amniotes. Anapsids & Diapsids. The Mesozoic era-from dinosaurs to birds. The C/P extinction. From synapsids to mammals. Afrotheria nad Laurasitheria. The origin of primates and the Miocene apes. From Sahelanthropus to Homo sapiens. The greek primate record. Greek vertebrates and their bearing to geology, biology, palaeogeography and palaeoenvironment
Palaeontology, Vertebrates, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Homo origins
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course and teacher web pages. 2) The teacher communicates with students through e-mail.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work260.9
Reading Assigment501.7
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.3
Written assigments80.3
Student Assessment
Interim evaluation through interactive discussion and Q & A during the theoretical lessons and through practical applications, solving hypothetical problems and report writing in laboratory courses. Final evaluation through written examinations
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
  • Διαδραστικά μέσα (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
M. Benton - Vertebrate Paleontology, 2000 (βιβλιοθήκη Τμ. Γεωλογίας QE841.B44 1997 c.1) R. Cowen - History of Life, 2005 (βιβλιοθήκη Τμ. Γεωλογίας QE711.2.C68 2005 c1) A. Meyer & R. Zardoya, 2003, Recent advances in the (Molecular) phylogeny of vertebrates. Annual review of Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, 34: 311-338. Γ. Κουφός - Παλαιοντολογία Σπονδυλωτών, 2004, Εκδ. Ζητη
Additional bibliography for study
R. Dawkins: Το μεγαλύτερο Θέαμα στη Γη, 2009 ( εκδόσεις ΑΒΓΟ) N. Shubin: Το ψάρι μέσα μας, 2008 (εκδόσεις ΚΑΤΟΠΤΡΟ) C. Stringer & P. Andrews: homo η καταγωγή και η εξέλιξη του ανθρώπου, 2006 (εκδόσεις POLARIS)
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