A colour pdf of the first week’s lecture slides can be found here: 2013_LifeThruTime_Lect1
If you’re looking for a good palaeontology textbook, try Mike Benton & Dave Harper’s “Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record” (2009).
Useful web resources on evolution and fossils:
1. History of life through time (University of California Museum of Paleontology)
2. Understanding Evolution (University of California Berkeley)
3. Evolution (Natural History Museum, London)
4. Evolution (PBS)
References for Class 1:
Half-life of DNA – Allentoft et al (2012)
Microfossils, Red Queens and Court Jesters – Peters et al (2013)
Earliest fossil bacteria – Wacey et al. (2011)
Earliest fossil MISS – Noffke et al. (2012)
1.3 billion years of acritarchs – Huntley et al. (2006)
An interview with palaeontologist Dr Leila Battison, on the origins of life, can be found on the Palaeocast website here.