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Paleontology of vertebrates

Code: 90436
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandar Mezga
Lecturers: izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandar Mezga - Practicum
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Fossil skeletons and fossilization of vertebrates in marine, freshwater and continental sedimentary areas. The principles of classical, evolutionary and phylogenetic systematics (kladograms). Characteristics of osteological materials and odontological parts (skeleton head and limb bones, teeth and other inorganic formation. Taxonomy of the most common vertebrate fossils preserved (from agnatha to gnathostomata, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, with particular emphasis on the development of primates and the origin man). The main examples of evolutionary sequences, distribution and extinction. the role of vertebrates in biostratigraphy. Palaeobiogeography

Learning outcomes:

Proficiency and understanding of osteological fossil features important for the evolution of life.
Fundamental knowledge and basic aspects of evolution of the fossil vertebrates.
Ability to recognize individual osteological findings of the most frequent fossil vertebrates.
Ability to interpret field and laboratory evidences for paleoecological interpretation.
Ability of self-determining of unknown parts of fossils with the help of literatures.
  1. Chernicoff, S., Fox, H.A. & Tanner, L.H. : Earth: Geologic principles and history. Houghton Mifflin Comp. Boston, New York, 2002.
  2. Carroll, R.L. : Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W.H. Freeman & Co., New York,1998.
  3. Palmer, D. : Earth in 100 groundbreaking discoveries.Quercus Pub. Pic.London, 2011.
  4. Benton, M.J. : Vertebrate Paleontology. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. London, 2005.
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : General paleontology
Passed : Physical geology
4. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Geology
Consultations schedule: