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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
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BIO 3170 - Paleobotany

Credits: 4

Prerequisite(s): BIO 2100

Description: This course examines the history of plant form and function as shown in the fossil record. The investigation of evolutionary relationships of modern plant groups unifies the course. Students consider the process of fossilization and techniques of reconstructing whole plants from fragmentary remains. A synthesis of biological and geological perspectives provides insights into the paleoecological relationships of the ancient communities in which these organisms lived. An introduction to the use of plant fossils in biostratigraphy and their roles in coal, oil and gas formation are considered. Class sessions include demonstrations, as well as frequent hands-on interaction with fossil plant specimens.

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