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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.

Course period Spring 2022: January 17–February 16 (incorrect study period in the right column).

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department 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.

    Stanley, S.M. & Luczaj, J.A. W.H. 2015
    Earth System History, 4th ed.
    Freeman and Company, New York.
    ISBN: 9781319154028

    In addition, current scientific articles on the subject will be hand out.

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Margret SteinthorsdottirResearcher
    Margret Steinthorsdottir
    Swedish Museum of Natural History