Paleontology heritage and excavations

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
GEO/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Knowledge about some of the main fossil sites through a review of the major groups of organisms that have evolved on Earth, to explore the potential for their development and exploitation.
Expected learning outcomes
Through the knowledge of the main fossil sites, the student will acquire skills to evaluate the exploitation of the fossil sites and the importance of their safeguard.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
MODULO I
Introduction to Paleoecology
Principles of ecology: concepts of biodiversity, population, communities, ecosystems, ecological niches.
The main factors that govern the distribution of present organisms.
Paleoecology of benthic invertebrates: taxonomic uniformism
Abiotic and biotic factors regulating the distribution of benthic marine organisms.
Sampling methodologies; Population dynamics; Community analysis; Biodiversity Indexes.

MODULO II
Paleoecology of marine plankton: abiotic and biotic factors regulating the distribution of calcareous, siliceous, chitinous shell organisms.
Life strategies (r- and k- strategists). Analysis of populations and fossil associations.
Paleoecology and litogenesis: biogenic platforms and pelagic sediments.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of PALEONTOLOGY, SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
Teaching methods
Lessons
Teaching Resources
PPTs of all lessons and lecture notes available on the ARIEL platform
Assessment methods and Criteria
written exam with two separate tests for each of the two modules
GEO/01 - PALEONTOLOGY AND PALEOECOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Monday 14.30
Department of Earth Sciences "Ardito Desio" or by email.