Principles of Paleontology

Principles of Paleontology
Modern approaches to fossil study applied to areas of evolution, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesGeol 480 or equivalent.
 TaughtWinter Contact Department
Course Outcomes


Demonstrate understanding of advanced concepts in paleontology, such as biostratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, and taxonomy with respect to specific fossil taxa.

Nature of the Fossil Record-Taphonomy

Be able to recognize the influence of physical and biological processes on fossils and be able to interpret a fossil's post-depositional history.

Taxonomy and Morphology

Be able to recognize and identify key fossil groups down to the genus and species level.

Use of Fossils

Be able to accurately determine the age, depositional setting, and diagenesis of sedimentary strata based upon fossil content and preservation.


Become familiar with techniques use by specialists in collecting, preparing, and curating a range of fossil taxa.