GEOL 34061 INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY
at KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
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 Brian Switek's Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature**. 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 2013-14 for details, or follow the link above in "writing-intensive" for more information.)
this web page you will find information to help you succeed in Invertebrate
More information will be added as the semester progresses. The web page currently contains…
COURSE SYLLABUS WITH IMPORTANT DATES
LAB SYLLABUS and GRADING POLICY
|**Useful Weblinks for Further Information about Brian Switek's book, Written in Stone|
Brian's summary of how he got into science writing, especially paleo. Here is his webpage with a list of url links of his numerous articles published in Smithsonian Magazine and other journals: www.brianswitek.com .
Try one of his short articles for Smithsonian Magazine here: The Scariest Zombies in Nature
Google interview on YouTube - Breaking Bio Episode 33, Interview with Brian Switek - Brian describes his work on a dinosaur dig in Utah.
How to Calculate Your Grade in This Course
Grades, Essay & Exam Format, Class Policies, Learning Outcomes & Expectations, Academic Honor Code
Take the Practice FINAL EXAM
Suggested Topics for Essay 1
Titles of First Essays from Past Students
Titles of Second Essays from Past Students
How to Write an Essay for This Class
How to Write an Outline for Essay 1
Evaluating Internet Resources
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
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
GOT TRILOBITES? Check out Sam Gon III's amazing web page here
(MAT and Education Majors Note: Highlighted Links have Tools for Educators)
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
Nucleosynthesis! See how the Elements are made in the Life and Death of Stars and this Summary Table of Useful Radiometric Pairs
|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: The official registration deadline for this course is September 8th, 2013. 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 is November 3rd.