GEOL 102 Historical Geology
The History of Earth and Life

Spring Semester 2011

Stratigraphy and Geologic Time

The International Commission on Stratigraphy; note especially the current (2009) time scale chart, the List of current GSSPs and GSSAs, and the Time Scale Creator

"Understanding Geologic Time", an online interactive introductory exercise from the Stratigraphy Exhibit of UCMP University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)

Online text of Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology

William "Strata" Smith's "A Geological Map of England and Wales and Part of Scotland "

Paleogeography and Plate Tectonics

Global Paleogeography and Regional Paleogeography websites of paleogeographic reconstructions by Northern Arizona University geology professor Dr. Ron Blakely

Paleomap Project of University of Chicago geology professor Chris Scotese

Plate Tectonics online exhibit of UCMP

Evolution, Paleontology & Systematics

"Getting Into the Fossil Record", an introductory exercise about taphonomy from UCMP

Understanding Evolution, a website for K-12 teachers. It also works as a GREAT introduction/reveiw of the topic, its history, and related disciplines for college undergradutes (or graduates, or private citizens, or pretty much anyone else!)

"What Did T. rex Taste Like?", an interactive online exhibit on cladistics from UCMP

The Tree of Life Project, an online attempt to map out the phylogenetic relationships of all organisms living and extinct

UCMP Phylogeny Exhibit, a less technical equivalent of the Tree of Life Project

Darwin and Wallace's 1858 paper

The Origin of Species, online text

The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History Department of Paleobiology homepage, with exhibits

Excellent comprehensive site about Trilobites, the "poster children" for the Paleozoic!

An Introduction to Ichnology, the study of trace fossils

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