Course Information
TitleΠΑΛΑΙΟΝΤΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Palaeontology
CodeNGGG 204Υ
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorDimitrios Kostopoulos
Course ID600019019

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 131
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course217

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
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.
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)
• 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
Educational Material Types
  • Video lectures
  • 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 web page 2) The teacher communicates with students through email and Facebook 3) The class evaluation is performed through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Laboratory Work65
Reading Assigment9
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Report (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Δ. Κωστόπουλος & Γ. Κουφός, Η Εξέλιξη του Εμβιου Κόσμου-Χορδωτά, 2015, Ελληνικά Ακαδημαϊκά Συγγράμματα και Βοηθήματα Γ. Κουφος. Παλαιοντολογία Σπονδυλωτών, 2004, Εκδ. Ζήτη
Additional bibliography for study
Γ. Συρίδη, Σημειώσεις Παλαιοντολογίας Ασπονδύλων, 2007-2008
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