Introduction to fossils. Modes of preservation. Recording data and reconstruction of 3-D morphology. Biominerals and taphonomy. Functional morphololgy. Palaeonenvironmental reconstruction. Reconstructing ancient ecologies. Trace fossils and determination of water depth. Cladistics: data collection. Cladistics: data analysis. Organisms through time: diversification, evolution and extinction. Morphometric analysis. Precambrian life. Plants, wood and ancient ecologies. Stratigraphic palaeontology.
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