Palaeontology, 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.


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.


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

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