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Gly 1101 - The History of Life
The History of Life Documents
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Department of Earth Sciences Spring 2009 GLY1101 THE HISTORY OF LIFE Meeting location T Thur 1400 1515 PCA 135 Dr F Maurrasse E mail maurrass fiu edu Office PC 346B Tel 305 348 2350 Earth Sciences Department Office PC Charles Perry Rm 344 Tel 305 348 2365 or 348 3572 REQUIRED TEXT Life of the Past 4th edition by W I Ausich and N Gary Lane Prentice Hall Publisher 1999 Welcome to the course on the History of Life Our goal is to make you become acquainted with how life occurred and changed on Earth as seen from past records and present analogs In order to accomplish this goal we will analyze the fossil record that forms the basis of paleontology study of the history of ancient life a discipline of the Earth Sciences together with the present record of living animals and plants as examined in the biological sciences COURSE OUTLINE Date Jan 06 Jan 08 Jan 13 Jan 15 Jan 20 Jan 22 Jan 27 Jan 29 Feb 03 Feb 05 Feb 10 Feb 12 Topic Reading Textbook assignments for the lectures are shown in brackets and in italics Introduction Course policies etc Time and Fossils Ch 1 Meaning of fossils How to Tell Time Time and Fossils cont d Ch 1 Biodiversity The Organization of Life Ch 2 Biodiversity The Organization of Life Ch 2 Assignment No 1 Video on reserve at the Library Return due January 22 Interpreting Past Climates and Environments Rocks and Fossils Ch 3 Fossilization of Life Rocks and Fossils Ch 3 Assignment No 2 Video on reserve at the Library Return due February 3 Origin of the Earth and its Life Origins of Earth Oceans Atmosphere Life Ch 4 Evolution and Extinction Organic Evolution and Extinction Ch 5 Paleogeography through time Continental Drift Plate Tectonics Ch 6 1st exam 100 points 1 Feb 17 Feb 19 Feb 24 Feb 26 Mar 03 Mar 05 Mar 10 Mar 12 How Changing Continents Climates affect ed life Paleobiogeography Ch 7 Earliest life forms and environments ThePrecambrianFossil Record Ch 8 Proterozoic Life The Precambrian Fossil Record Ch 8 The Cambrian Explosion Introduction to Marine Communities the Cambrian Ch 9 Ocean bottom Animals of the Phanerozoic Paleozoic Mesozoic and Cenozoic Ocean Bottom Faunas Ch 10 Floating and Swimming Critters Fossil Record of Plankton Nekton Ch 11 2nd exam 100 points Mar 16 21 Spring Break University closed Mar 24 Marine Predators through Time Ch 12 Marine Predators Mar 26 Leaving the Water Land Plants and Animals Origin Early Evolution of Terrestrial Communities Ch 13 Mar 31 The history of Plants Terrestrial Primary Producers The Land Plants Ch 14 Apr 02 From Reptiles to Dinosaurs Early Consumers on Land Reptiles Ch 15 Apr 07 From Reptiles to Dinosaurs to Birds Early Consumers on Land Reptiles Ch 15 Apr 09 Death of the Dinosaurs Early Consumers on Land Reptiles Ch 15 Apr 14 The Evolution of Mammals Advanced Consumers on Land The Mammals Ch 16 Apr 16The Evolution of Mammals Advanced Consumers on Land The Mammals Ch 16 The Evolution of Primates Primate and Human Evolution Ch 17 Apr 23 Final exam Comprehensive 200 points Course Policies TBA Beepers and cellular phones must be turned off and exchanges between students should remain at a strict minimum during the lecture period There will be a 10 minute period at the beginning of each lecture when I will be asking questions concerning previous lectures You should also take this time period to ask questions concerning the material you have read for the lecture and of past lectures You should also ask for clarification during the lecture if there is an aspect of the subject that you do not fully 2 understand You may also contact me after class by e mail to ask questions Textbook The required textbook is available in the university bookstore You must bring your textbook to class at each lecture because it has the reference materials often needed during the lecture Also read assigned materials listed in the syllabus prior to the corresponding lecture I strongly recommend that you use the text web sites listed in the chapters to help you in your study You should also pay very careful attention to the extra hand outs that I will distribute in class Attendance Lectures and EXAMS The class roll will not be called at every lecture but it is imperative that you be present at every lecture in order to benefit from your working group Extra materials will be covered in the lectures that are not in the book and past recent history shows that you will lose at least 10 of your Test score for each lecture that you miss therefore use your time constructively Makeup exams will be given only if you have a valid proof justifying your absence otherwise if you miss a mid term exam that is your dropped score as explained below In the case you have a valid reason that can be documented for missing an exam you will be given a makeup at the end of the term In such a case you need to contact me or the office of the Earth Sciences Department as soon as possible notifying us that you will be missing the exam GRADING The final grade will be computed as an average of the total scores of a mid term exam and the final The lowest mid term exam score not the final will be dropped Midterm exams cover all lectures since the previous exam The final exam covers all lectures Passing Grades are based on the following numerical values of total points earned in exams plus bonus points for instance on 300 points A 288 and above A 287 270 B 269 258 B 257 255 B 254 240 C 239 231 C 230 225 C 224 210 D 209 204 D 203 198 D 197 195 F below 195 Make the best out of your time Ask for help early not at the last minute of the semester when it is too late Use your resources efficiently to succeed Note PCA Paul Cejas Architecture building 3


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