Welcome to the
FALL, 2013
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 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.) 

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…



**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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Invertebrate Paleontology Course


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


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


(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

Nucleosynthesis!  See how the Elements are made in the Life and Death of Stars  and this 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: 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.