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107-10syllabus - GEL107EarthHistory:Paleobiology Spring2010...

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GEL 107 — Earth History:  Paleobiology Spring 2010 MWF  12:10 - 1:00 PM           1001 Giedt Hall Instructor:   Sandy Carlson, Rm. 2123 Earth & Physical Sciences Bldg;      Telephone:  752-2834   e-mail:   sjcarlson@ucdavis.edu     Office hours:   MWF 10:30 - 11:30am, or by appointment.  Text (recommended):   Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record  by Michael J. Benton and David  A. T. Harper, 2009, Wiley-Blackwell.   (Available at UCD Bookstore).   Text is required  for GEL 107L; recommended  for GEL 107. Requirements:   Midterm I  (30%); Midterm II  (30%); Final exam  (40% of grade). Web site:    https://smartsite.ucdavis.edu/xsl-portal/site/99975a70-f9e5-4718-9f66-1d7c7841efea/   DATE LECTURE READING March 29 What is paleobiology?  And why should we care? Ch. 1 March 31 What is the fossil record?  How is it biased? Ch. 3 April 2 Geology and geological time Ch. 3 April 5 Biomineralization and paleobiogeochemistry Ch. 2 April 7 Taphonomy and fossil preservation Ch. 2, 3 April 9 Individuals, ontogeny, and populations Ch. 5, 20 April 12 Species and speciation Ch. 5, 20 April 14 Phylogeny reconstruction and classification Ch. 5, 20 April 16 The tree of life and the fossil record of life Ch. 5, 20 April 19 Adaptation and functional morphology Ch. 6 April 21 MIDTERM EXAM I ——— April 23 Biomechanics:  the physics of biology Ch. 6 April 26 Evolutionary functional morphology Ch. 6 April 28  Ecology and paleoecology Ch. 4, 19 April 30 Inferring paleoecology Ch. 4 May 3 Evolutionary paleoecology Ch. 4 May 5 Biogeography and plate tectonics Ch. 2 May 7 Evolutionary paleobiogeography Ch. 2 May 10 Biostratigraphy and the stratigraphic record
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