Complements of Paleontology

A.Y. 2021/2022
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
GEO/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is designed for students in Geology degree and is directly connected to the basic Paleontology course (Paleontologia e Laboratorio) of the 1st year.
The topics that are treated are:
1) Taphonomy, processes and applications to taphophacies analysis; 2) Paleoichnology with application to ichnofacies and ichnofabric analyses; 3) Classification of fossils, including biometric analysis; 4) Identification and analysis of ontogenetic and evolutionary trends; 5) Systematic of some groups not included in the program of the basic course on Palaeontology :Echinoderms, Briozoans and Graptolites.
All the topics are treated in depth, to the state-of-the-art level. Several case studies from literature are analysed and discussed during the course.
Biostratigraphy is not included in the program, because there is a specific course of this topic, activated in place of Complementi di Paleontologia every second year.
Expected learning outcomes
Understanding of the importance of the study of fossils for the analyses of sedimentary successions. The course provides all the information and background to the students, so that after the course they will be able to work with fossils.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be given in person, except in case of worsening of the pandemic. In this case we will follow the recommandations of the central Administration of the University
Course syllabus
The course is designed for students in Geology degree and is directly connected to the basic Paleontology course (Paleontologia e Laboratorio) of the 1st year.
The topics that are treated are:
1) Taphonomy, processes and applications to taphophacies analysis; 2) Paleoichnology with application to ichnofacies and ichnofabric analyses; 3) Classification of fossils, including biometric analysis; 4) Identification and analysis of ontogenetic and evolutionary trends; 5) Systematic of some groups not included in the program of the basic course on Palaeontology :Echinoderms, Briozoans and Graptolites.
All the topics are treated in depth, to the state-of-the-art level. Several case studies from literature are analysed and discussed during the course.
Biostratigraphy is not included in the program, because there is a specific course of this topic, activated in place of Complementi di Paleontologia every second year.
Prerequisites for admission
Paleontology course of the 1st year in Geological Sciences of the 2nd year of Natural Sciences
Teaching methods
The course consists of 48 hours of lectures. The lectures are given with the support of Powerpoint presentations
Teaching Resources
PDF file of the Powerpoint presentations.
Some scientific papers discussed during the lectures.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final examination is oral. The students will be evaluated on the basis of their understanding of the topics treated during lectures: They will be also asked to describe the possible strategy of analysis of solution of paleontology issues.
GEO/01 - PALEONTOLOGY AND PALEOECOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Balini Marco
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