1) The student to be able to recognize the basic principles and laws of Palaeontology.
2) to compare, explain and distinguish the stations of evolution of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms
3) to correlate the evolution of invertebrates and vertebrates with basic geological-geomorphological and climatic changes in the planet's history.
4) to acquire skills in fossil recognition (in the lab and field) as well as in the taxonomy, use and synthesis of paleontological data in order to solve geological and evolutionary problems either individually or collectively.
Course Content (Syllabus)
• Histοry of Paleontology. Fossils-Fossilization. Taphonomy. Types of Fossil accumulations-excavation-preservation. Systematics & Taxonomy – the paleontological species concept.
• Palaeogeographic evolution of Earth, early history of Life, mass extinction. Fossils & Geological time.
• Invertebrate Palaeontology: Sponges, Archaeocyaths, Brachiopods, Corals, Bivalves, Gastropods, Cephalopods, Echinoderms, Trilobites, Graptolites
• Vertebrate Palaeontology: Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Aves, Mammals, Human evolution
• Significance - use of fossils in dating and reconstructing past environments. The Greek Fossil Record
Palaeontology, Invertebrates, Vertebrates, Systematics, Macroevolution, Life’s History, Palaeoecology/Palaeoenvironment