Principles of Paleontology

Principles of Paleontology

Code: 63505
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Karmen Fio Firi - Lectures
Lecturers: Karmen Fio Firi - Practicum
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English level:

1,0,0

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.
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Description:
Learning outcomes
1. Understand the basic goals and working methods in palaeontology
2. Understand the fossilization processes and distinguish the most common lagerstatten.
3. Learn about the preservation potential and fossil representatives of different fossil groups.
4. Apply paleontological data to the interpretation of palaeoenvironment.
5. Learn how to use fossils in determination of geological age and Earth history.
Sadržaj:
Lectures:
1. Definition of fossils and subdisciplines in palaeontology. Fossilization processes.
2. Fossil lagerstatten. Preservational potential.
3. Methods and techniques in palaeontology. Field work, laboratory preparation. Statistical methods, graphics and photography.
4. Taxonomy and systematics in palaeontology. Nomenclature. Problems in determination of taxa.
5. Fossil Archaea and Bacteria
6. Protista (diatoms, dinoflagellates, coccolithophores, foraminifers, radiolarians).
7. Green and red algae. Mosses, ferns and seed plants.
8. Animalia 1 - Porifera, Anthozoa
9. Animalia 2 - Mollusca, Bryozoa, Brachiopoda
10. Animalia 3 - Arthropoda, Echinodermata
11. Animalia 4 - Hemichordata, Chordata
12. Principles of palaeoecology
13. Facies. Ichnofacies, microfacies.
14. Principles of biostratigraphy.
15. Earth history.
Exercise

1. Fossilization processes. Casts and moulds. Pseudofossils.
2. Fossil lagerstatten.
3. Methods and techniques in palaeontology. Field work, laboratory preparation. Statistical methods.
4. Taxonomy and systematics in palaeontology. Problems in determination of taxa.
5. Fossil Archaea and Bacteria
6. Protista (diatoms, dinoflagellates, coccolithophores, foraminifers, radiolarians).
7. Green and red algae. Mosses, ferns and seed plants.
8. Animalia 1 - Porifera, Anthozoa
9. Animalia 2 - Mollusca, Bryozoa, Brachiopoda
10. Animalia 3 - Arthropoda, Echinodermata
11. Animalia 4 - Hemichordata, Chordata
12. Ecological factors and palaeoenvironment.
13. Facies. Ichnofacies, microfacies.
14. Evolution, extinctions and biozones.
15. Geological time-scale.
Literature:
  1. Sremac, J. (1999): Opća paleontologija. Skripta, PMF, Zagreb, 1999.
  2. Sremac, J. (2013): Fosili i fosilizacija. Nove spoznaje. 22 str., Hrvatska geološka ljetna škola.
  3. Sremac, J. (2014): Evolucija života na Zemlji. Nove spoznaje. 11 str., Hrvatska geološka ljetna škola.
  4. Doyle, P. (1996): Understanding Fossils. Wiley, Chichester. 409 str.
  5. Raup, D.M. & Stanley, S.M. (1978):Principles of Palaeontology. Freeman, San Francisco. 456 str.
  6. Clarkson, E.N.K. (2008): Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. 4th edition. Introduction. Blackwell Sci. 47 str.
  7. Benton, M. J. (2005): Vertebrate Palaeontology. 3rd edition. 467 str.
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