Life Through Time – Evolutionary Palaeontology (Part 1)

Proterozoic stromatolites from South America.

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.



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.


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