Geology 105: History of Life
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Updated: 6/13/98

The History of Life on earth falls within the realms of geology and biology. The biologic processes of life are recorded in the rocks through geologic processes. To understand the history of life, this course starts by looking at the fossil record and the geologic and biologic processes involved in its formation. Early in the course, we examine the fossil record, first focusing on how it formed, then on the geologic and biologic principles that allow its interpretation.

The first half of the course will examine:

Once we have an understanding of the methods of study, we devote the second half of the course to an overview of the History of Life. This history includes: