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1 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Earth Sciences Spring 2017 GLY1101 - THE HISTORY OF LIFE Meeting location : T- Thurs: 1230 - 1345 PC (Charles Perry) 212 Dr. F. Maurrasse E-mail: [email protected] Office : PC 346B; Tel: 305-348-2350 Earth Sciences Office (Earth & Environment): AHC5 Room 360, Tel: 305-348-4919 Office Hours : T – Th: 3:00 – 5:00 PM; M – W – F: walk-in or call/e-mail for an appointment. REQUIRED TEXT: Life of the Past, 4 th edition , by W. I. Ausich and N Gary Lane Prentice Hall, Publisher, 1999 Recommended text : Origins of life in the Universe, by R. Jastrow and M. Rampino, Cambridge University Press, 2008 Welcome to the course on the History of Life. Our goal is to make you become acquainted with how life occurred and changed on Earth, as seen from past records and present analogs. In order to accomplish this goal, we will analyze the fossil record that forms the basis of paleontology (study of the history of ancient life), a discipline of the Earth Sciences, together with the present record of living animals and plants as examined in the biological sciences. COURSE OUTLINE Date Topic Reading Textbook assignments for the lectures are shown in brackets, and in italics. Jan 10 (T) Introduction - Course policies; Overview Time and Fossils Ch. 1 Jan 12 (R) – 17 (T) Meaning of fossils- How to Tell Time [Time and Fossils cont’d ] Ch. 1 Jan 19 (R ) – 24 (T) Biodiversity [The Organization of Life] Ch. 2 Jan 26 (R) -- [Time and Fossils ]-- Biodiversity [The Organization of Life] Jan 31 (T) Interpreting relationship between rocks and past lives [Rocks and Fossils] Ch. 3 Feb 02 (R) Fossilization of Life [Rocks and Fossils, cont’d]. Ch. 3 Feb 07 (T) How did it all begin?
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