The study of fossils or Palaeontology, is a vital part of any reconstruction of past environments, or palaeoenvironments. It allows us to obtain a glimpse of life in the past over millions of years and also allows us to understand the whole process of evolution.
The one day course will investigate how fossils are formed and how they are classified into Phylum, class, order, family, genus and species and the labelling of the main features.
Various significant groups of fossils will be studied such as the Trilobites and Graptolites, which are of major significance to the Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian periods. The Brachiopods and Bivalves, highlighting the differences between these. The most famous of all the Cephalopods, the Ammonites, and their significance in the Jurassic period. Crinoids, Corals and Echinoids will be analysed in relation to oceanic environments. Finally a brief study will be made of fossil vertebrates tracing the evolution through time, of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.
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Jun 27, 2023 10:00am - 3:30pm
About the teacher
I am a semi retired Head of Geography who has taught in Secondary Education for 32 years at 4 different schools. I established a keen interest in weather forecasting...