Palaeontology and the major groups of fossils. Fossils, fossilization and biostratigraphy. Biominerals, morphology, biomechanics and functional morphology. Taphonomy: biostratinomy, diagenesis, completeness and time averaging. Palaeobiology, palaeoecology and palaeoenvironment. Palaeoclimate and palaeobiogeography. Evolution. Evolution, speciation and dispersal. Extinction, mass extinction, phylogeny and cladistics. Cladistics and palaeontological data analysis. Precambrian and early Cambrian life. Invasion of land: plants and animals. Life on land: dinosaurs and the cycle of life. Fossils and economics, summary and overview.
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