The class examines the character of the fossil record, its role in understanding the process of evolution. It provides an overview on main concepts and working methods in paleontology, introducing important fossil groups for interpretations of age, environment and evolution. The course introduces stratigraphic concepts for geological interpretation of sedimentary basins and tectonically complex regions.
The lab emphasizes the major fossil groups, their identification and use in geological interpretations. Understanding the importance of fossils, their reconstruction and interpretation in a geological context is an important part of the labs. Stratigraphic concepts from simple biostratigraphy to sequence stratigraphy are introduced. The lab includes introduction to basic presentation skill, both orally and in printed form.
Measuring Devonian carbonates in the LeRoy Quarry: Fieldtrip 2003.