CLFS 609F:

PRINCIPLES OF PALEOBIOLOGY

 
Dr. Bretton Kent
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3 Credits

Extinct organisms present a number of problems for biologists, because they represent historical events that were not witnessed by investigators.  Using a suite of techniques more akin to forensics than to those typically used by biologists, paleobiologists reconstruct life styles for extinct, and frequently bizarre, organisms.  This course surveys the methodologies used by paleobiologists to investigate fossils and applies these methods to assess the plausibility of current, and in many cases, highly controversial reconstructions for extinct animals.

 
CLFS 609E