CORC 3315 Fossils and Extinction

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to (1) the history of evolution of life known from fossils; (2) the role of extinction in shaping life as we know it today; and (3) the causes of extinction during ancient times and now. The difference in causes and effects of ecologically normal extinction as compared to mass extinctions. Using fossil examples, evaluation of the effect new species have on competition for resources. Comparison with invasive species that humans have introduced to recent ecosystems using current and archaeological examples. Satisfies Pathways College Option requirement.

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

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