Stratigraphic Paleontology

A.Y. 2017/2018
Lesson for
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is focused on how life may have originated introducing important group of unfamiliar organisms. Particularly the following subjects will be considered: explosion of life early in the Paleozoic Era; diversification of plants and animals on terrestrial habitats; mass extinction events and radiations; interactivity between the physical-geodynamic and biological components of the Earth.
The student will understand the origin of the world in which we are living. The origin of life and its diversifications. An up-to-date view of the greatest mass extinction moments and the subsequent radiations. The student will also achieve the key role of geologic processes in global change resulted from plate tectonic movements.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
Lessons: 48 hours
Professors: Angiolini Lucia, Nicora Alda
Syllabus
Early life and its patterns: the record of early life
Prokaryotes
Eukaryotes
The origin of mineralised skeletons
Major mass extinctions and their aftermath:
Historical background, periodicity of mass extinctions, terminology, extinction mechanisms, causes of the extinctions
the end-Ordovician events; the late-Devonian events; the Permo-Triassic events; the Late Triassic events; The Cenomanian-Turonian events; The K-T events; the Eocene-Oligocene events
Integration with climate changes and geodynamic events.
Lesson period
First semester
Lesson period
First semester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)