Author: fossiliam

Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Dinosaur Coast. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist with Hidden Horizons. Can be found cricketing for Ovington CC. Can be found twittering as @fossiliam.

Life Through Time – Evolutionary Palaeontology (Week 5)

The pdf of the lecture notes for week 5 can be found here: 2013_LifeThruTime_Lect5 Classifying species An interesting overview of fossils and the species concept can be read here. The International Code on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) explains why Carl von Linne/Carolus Linnaeus is the type specimen of Homo sapiens here. The Natural History Museum, meanwhile, explains the taxonomy of Neanderthals...

Life Through Time – Evolutionary Palaeontology (Part 3)

The lecture notes for the 3rd class – the Cambrian Explosion – can be downloaded here: 2013_LifeThruTime_Lect3 A University of Maryland website discussing ‘The Long Fuse of the Cambrian Explosion’ can be found here. High-quality artist’s impressions of the weirdos of the Cambrian can be found on National Geographic here. The fantastic Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) website about the Burgess...

Life Through Time – Evolutionary Palaeontology (Part 1)

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...