Evolutionary Palaeobiology (BIOL381)

BIOL381 is a 3 CP unit convened by John Alroy and offered in S2.

The fossil record is our best guide to large-scale evolutionary patterns and processes. Building on BIOL261 and BIOL379, this unit will cover a range of topics of key interest to organismal biologists, including the Cambrian explosion, evolutionary trends, diversity dynamics, mass extinctions, time scales, palaeoecology, phylogenetics, and the evolution of key terrestrial groups such as plants, insects, dinosaurs, and mammals. Lectures are augmented with readings of primary scientific literature, and practical work involves hands-on study of fossils combined with computational analysis of data.