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  Outline 11 3/19/03   Paleontology - First Lecture Outline Range of Paleontology (or Paleobiology) - Interdisciplinary ("Fossils bring       life to geology")           All types of life (record of organisms living today plus all those that                have become extinct)           All of geologic time since life first appeared on earth (at least 3,500                mill. years ago)           All aspects of organisms and their existence (both the pattern of the                empirical record and the inferred processes that may have                produced it) Subdivisions of Paleontology      Invertebrate paleontology - Fossil invertebrates (~ 15 phyla, ~ 200,000           fossil species)      Vertebrate paleontology - Fossil vertebrates (most of Chordates,            ~ 25,000 fossil species)           ~ 25,000 fossil sp.) Paleobotany - Fossil algae and plants (~ 15 divisions, ~ 30,000 fossil           species)
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Types of Fossils (definition) - Any evidence of past life preserved in rock      (usually sedimentary)
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