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PALEONTOLOGY
PALEONTOLOGIA

A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 12
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Fabrizio Frontalini Wednesday 14-16
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Geological Sciences (L-34)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The Paleontology inextricably integrates with the Geological and the Natural Sciences and is a fundamental tool to date rocks (biostratigraphy), for the reconstruction of ancient environments (paleoecology, paleobiogeography, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography) and for the interpretation of the historical dynamics current environments. The course is designed to 1) provide a thorough knowledge of the history of life on Earth in relation to the dynamics of our planet; 2) integrate paleoenvironmental information, paleoecology, paleoclimate and paleoceanographic with those of the history of life on Earth; 3) present the evolution of our planet in relation to the evolution of life and vice versa; 4) provide an overview om the main fossil groups.

Program

Definition, meaning, concepts, objectives and applications of Paleontology. Origin of fossil and history of Paleontology. Fossil and taphonomy. Concept of species, taxonomy and phylogeny. Fossil and evolution. Paleoecology. Ecology and environmental factors. Paleobiogeography. Paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Stratigraphy and biostratigraphy. Archives. Proxies. Paleoichnology. Fossil Lagerstatten. Extinctions and radiation. Fossil organisms applied to paleoenvironmental reconstructions, paleoecology, paleoclimate and paleoceanographic. Paleontological methods of field and laboratory.

Evolutionary history of life, Paleobiogeography, Paleogeography, Paleoclimate, Biota, and Extinction: Precambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Giurassicic, Cretaceous, Paleogene, Neogene, Quaternary e Holocene.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of course, the student is expected to have advanced the basic knowledge in the field of Paleontology, Biostratigraphy and Paleoecology.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises) and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Field and laboratory exercises. Visits to museums and research centers.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

The course will take place through a continuous interaction between lectures, field and laboratory exercises.

Attendance

No obligations.

Course books

A. Brouwer, 1975, Paleontologia generale, le testimonianze fossili della vita, Mondadori; E.N.K. Clarkson, 1979, Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution, George Allen & Unwin; B. Ziegler, 1983, Introduction to Palaeobiology: General Paleontology, Ellis Horwood; A. Allasinaz, 1992, Paleontologia Generale e Sistematica degli Invertebrati, ECIG; S. Raffi & E. Serpagli, 1993, Introduzione alla Paleontologia, UTET; M. Benton & O. Harper, 1997, Basic Paleontology, Longman; H.R. Fortey, 1999, Età: quattro miliardi di anni, Longanesi & C.; J.D. Macdougall, 1999, Storia della Terra, Giulio Einaudi Editore; G. Pinna (ed.), 1999, Alle radici della storia naturale d'Europa. Seicento milioni di anni attraversi i grandi giacimenti paleontologici, Jaca Book. P. Rawson and others, 2001, Stratigraphical Procedure, Geological Society Publishing House. D.R. Prothero, 2004, Bringing Fossils to Life, McGraw-Hill; M. Foote M. & A.I. Miller, 2006, Principles of Paleontology, W.H. Freeman; R.W. Jones, 2006, Applied Paleontology, Cambridge University Press; M.J. Benton & D.A.T. Harper, 2009, Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record, Wiley-Blackwell. G. Barsotti, M. Gnoli & A. Guerrini, 2015, Storia naturale del pianeta Terra, vol. 1 - Paleontologia generale, vol. 2 – Evoluzione della vita, Pacini Editore. Course materials also include PowerPoint presentations and reference books in specific topics as addressed during the course.

Assessment

The assessment of learning consists of a written exam with 10 topics of the course program. The evaluation method has been chosen to adequately verify the knowledge of the student. The time available to answer the questions is 3 hours. The exam involves an evaluation that is expressed as a grade of out of 30.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Non-attending students are inviated to contact the lecturer for information about the program.

Attendance

No obligations.

Course books

A. Brouwer, 1975, Paleontologia generale, le testimonianze fossili della vita, Mondadori; E.N.K. Clarkson, 1979, Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution, George Allen & Unwin; B. Ziegler, 1983, Introduction to Palaeobiology: General Paleontology, Ellis Horwood; A. Allasinaz, 1992, Paleontologia Generale e Sistematica degli Invertebrati, ECIG; S. Raffi & E. Serpagli, 1993, Introduzione alla Paleontologia, UTET; M. Benton & O. Harper, 1997, Basic Paleontology, Longman; H.R. Fortey, 1999, Età: quattro miliardi di anni, Longanesi & C.; J.D. Macdougall, 1999, Storia della Terra, Giulio Einaudi Editore; G. Pinna (ed.), 1999, Alle radici della storia naturale d'Europa. Seicento milioni di anni attraversi i grandi giacimenti paleontologici, Jaca Book. P. Rawson and others, 2001, Stratigraphical Procedure, Geological Society Publishing House. D.R. Prothero, 2004, Bringing Fossils to Life, McGraw-Hill; M. Foote M. & A.I. Miller, 2006, Principles of Paleontology, W.H. Freeman; R.W. Jones, 2006, Applied Paleontology, Cambridge University Press; M.J. Benton & D.A.T. Harper, 2009, Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record, Wiley-Blackwell. G. Barsotti, M. Gnoli & A. Guerrini, 2015, Storia naturale del pianeta Terra, vol. 1 - Paleontologia generale, vol. 2 – Evoluzione della vita, Pacini Editore. Course materials also include PowerPoint presentations and reference books in specific topics as addressed during the course.

Assessment

The assessment of learning consists of a written exam with 10 topics of the course program. The evaluation method has been chosen to adequately verify the knowledge of the student. The time available to answer the questions is 3 hours. The exam involves an evaluation that is expressed as a grade of out of 30.

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