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How do fossils record evolution? An exploration of the nature of the fossil record (online)

Mon 30 May 2016 @ 0:00 - Sun 17 Jul 2016 @ 0:00


This course addresses the question of how fossils record evolution through an exploration of the nature of the fossil record. From a look at the initial discovery and interpretation of fossils we will examine the emergence of their modern interpretation as the remains of once living organisms. This reveals the biased and fragmentary nature of the fossil record, which presented a considerable problem to Charles Darwin and is still being resolved today with new techniques of investigation. We will outline the history of life’s evolution and extinction, look at the future potential of the fossil record and discuss some remaining problems of interpretation. Finally, there is a brief introduction to finding fossils, how to prepare and identify them.


Mon 30 May 2016 @ 0:00
Sun 17 Jul 2016 @ 0:00
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Spring 2016
Dr Douglas Palmer


Madingley Hall
Madingley Hall,
Madingley, Cambridgeshire CB23 8AQ United Kingdom
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01223 746262