Welcome to the
FALL, 2016
writing-intensive course*

Students collecting Ordovician fossils at
Caesar's Creek State Park - Photo by D. Waugh, Dept. Geology, Kent State Univ.

 Two Texts will be Used This Year: Benton & Harper, 2009, Paleobiology and the Fossil Record, and Nick Lane's book, Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution.  See Syllabus for details.

* To complete the writing-intensive course requirement, a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher must be earned in the course. 

(See KSU undergraduate catalog 2016-17 for details, or follow the link above in "writing-intensive" for more information.) 

In this web page you will find information to help you succeed in Invertebrate Paleontology.
More information will be added as the semester progresses.  The web page currently contains…




How to Calculate Your Grade in This Course                                                         

Attendance Policy

Grades, Essay & Exam Format, Class Policies, Learning Outcomes & Expectations, Academic Honor Code

Frequently Asked Questions about the Invertebrate Paleontology Course


Take the Practice FINAL Exam

Suggested Topics for Essay 1
Titles of Essays from Past Students 
How to Write an Essay for This Class
How to Write an Outline for the Essay
Tips for Successful On-Line Reference Searching Using the Library's Webpage
Online Citation guides, Writing guides, & Grammar guides
Online Tips on How to Avoid Plagiarism

Online Writing Lab-Help from Purdue's OWL


Download the KSU library VPN here for off-campus library database access

Connect to the KSU licensed REFWORKS here.


Lab Presentation Information Center:    
How to Assemble your Group Lab Report and Suggested Sources

How to make a simple taxonomic key (a Dichotomous Key)

Identify your Cincinnatian fossils with help from images on this University of Georgia Stratigraphy Lab Web Page by Steve Holland
Identify your Trilobite Fragments with This Great Web Page Link by the Dry Dredgers and your Crinoid columnals here
See photos of Cincinnatian fossils from Ohio on this Paleontology Portal Web Page

GOT TRILOBITES?  Check out Sam Gon III's  amazing web page here

How your group report will be assessed


(MAT and Education Majors Note:  Highlighted Links have Tools for Educators)


U.C. Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Web Page:  Interactive Geologic Time Scale with Great Fossil images and Plate Tectonic Maps of the Past!

The Paleontology Portal:  Explore the Fossil Record of the U.S.A., State by State

Step by Step Overview of Milankovitch cycles and glacial/interglacial events from NOAA Paleoclimate Program

See the Zachos et al. 2001 (Science, 292, p.678) Cenozoic Isotope and Tectonic Activity Figure-The BIG Picture

 See Photo Images of Meteorite Craters with Age Dates at this Lunar & Planetary Institute Web Page

Read about methane Gas Hydrates (Clathrates) and their roles in abrupt climate change and future energy sources on these U.S.G.S. and D.O.E. websites

Summary Table of Useful Radiometric Pairs

Read about the Snowball Earth Hypothesis  here in this online Geotimes article and on this great Snowball Earth web site funded by NSF

Looking for a Good Book On...

Catching Up on Evolution-Refreshing Your Memory on Key Processes Can be Done on this Berkeley Web Site
The North American Stratigraphic Code - Where to go when you want to know everything about Biozones
Love Horses?   See The Fossil Horse CyberMuseum Website at the Florida Museum of Natural History
See the Virtual Cell Animation Movies and Watch ATP Production, Electron Transport, and More! 
Chemosynthesis and Hydrothermal Vent Communities-see the video at this NOAA website
Find out about other Educational Tools for Environmental Literacy at this NOAA website
Read the latest on RNA WORLD in A never-ending dance of RNA : Nature News and RNA WORLD EASIER TO MAKE:Nature News



Student Accessibility Policy


University Policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content.  If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments.  Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit www.kent.edu/sas for more information on registration procedures).


Registration Requirement

Registration Requirement: Students must be registered for this course by September 4th.  Students can withdraw from this course without receiving a W through the 2nd week of the semester. Go to the Registrar's webpage http://www.kent.edu/registrar/fall-important-dates for exact dates. University policy requires all students to be officially registered in each class they are attending. Students who are not officially registered for a course by published deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a grade for the course. Each student must confirm enrollment by checking his/her class schedule (using Student Tools in FlashFast) prior to the deadline indicated. Registration errors must be corrected prior to the deadline.  The last date to drop this course (and receive a "W") is November 6th.