History of the evolutionary thought. Cosmic evolution (origin of elements, etc.). Chemical evolution. Origin of life (current hypotheses). Biological evolution (including Red Queen hypothesis, etc.).
Origin of eukariotes. Evolution of Metazoa. Speciation (allopatric speciation, island species, etc.).
Phyletic gradualism. Punctualism.
Singlestep vs. cumulative selection. Internal selection (constraints, etc).
Notion and examples of emergence. Creationsts'objections to evolution (eye, transitional forms, etc.).
Acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding to the study of the evolution from the paleontological aspects.
Ability to think creatively to develop new and original approaches and methods of evolution research.
Awareness of the limits of current knowledge and paleontological techniques in solving evolutionary problems.
Some ability to formulate and solve problems in new and emerging areas of the research on evolution.
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- Benton, M.J. & Harper, D.A.T.: Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2009.
- Erben, H.K.: Evolution. Ferdinand Enke Verlag, Stuttgart, 1990.
- Kalafatić, M.: Osnove biološke evolucije. Sveučilište u Zagrebu, 1998.