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Paleontology of invertebrates

Code: 90435
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Đurđica Pezelj
Lecturers: Valerije Makarun , mag. geol. - Practicum
Take exam: Studomat

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Introduction to the fossil invertebrates. Classification and geological ranges. Parazoa: porifera, stromatoporoides, archaeocyatha. Cnidaria: anthozoa. Cnidaria: hydrozoa, scyphozoa, conuradiida, cubozoa. Mollusca: polyplacophora, monoplacophora, scaphopoda, bivalvia I. Mollusca: bivalvia II. Mollusca: gastropoda. Mollusca: cephalopoda - nautiloidea, ammonoidea. Mollusca: cephalopoda - coleoidea. Annelida, bryozoa. Brachiopoda. Arthropoda: trilobitomorpha. Arthropoda: crustacea, chelicerata, tracheata. Echinodermata: crinoidea, blastoidea, ophiuroidea, asteroidea, holothuroidea. Echinodermata: echinoidea, henichordata.

Learning outcomes:

Students will be able:
Identify the common groups of invertebrate organisms that dominate the fossil record.
Understand the trends in diversity and evolution of invertebrate through geological time.
Describe their morphological characteristics in order to recognize them in unknown sedimentary rocks and assign them to their proper orders or classes or even genera.
Use fossil invertebrate to determine geologic time.
Incorporate fossil invertebrate data in order to interpret and reconstruct depositional environment.
  1. Prothero, D.R.: Bringing fossils to life: An introduction to paleobiology. Wcb/McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003.
  2. Chernicoff, S., Fox, H.A. & Tanner, L.H.: Earth: geologic principles and history. Houghton Mifflin com. Boston, New York, 2002.
  3. Sremac, J.: Opća paleontologija. Skripta. PMF, Zagreb, 1999.
  4. Boardman, R.S.: Fossil invertebrates. Blackwell Sci. Publ., Palo Alto, 1987.
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : General paleontology
Passed : Physical geology
3. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Geology
Consultations schedule: