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  • 7.5 credits

Palaeontology is the key to numerous geological archives and processes.

In this course, students will learn about the evolutionary history of life; mass extinctions; the main categories of fossil animals and plants through time, including microfossils and pollen; the use of fossil archives in the interpretation of environments and chronology; as well as the interplay between evolution, ecology, global nutrient cycles, atmospheric composition and climate systems through Earth history.

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Earth System History (2015, 4th ed.)
    Stanley, S.M. & Luczaj, J.A. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York.

    In addition, peer-reviewed articles will be read for more detailed study within each sub-discipline.

  • Contact

    Margret SteinthorsdottirPost-doctoral researcher
    Margret Steinthorsdottir
    Swedish Museum of Natural History