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Paleontological Aspects of Evolution

Code: 45081
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandar Mezga
Lecturers: izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandar Mezga - Seminar
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
History of the evolutionary thought. Cosmic evolution (origin of elements, etc.). Chemical evolution. Origin of life (current hypotheses). Biological evolution (including Red Queen hypothesis, etc.).
Origin of eukariotes. Evolution of Metazoa. Speciation (allopatric speciation, island species, etc.).
Phyletic gradualism. Punctualism.
Singlestep vs. cumulative selection. Internal selection (constraints, etc).
Notion and examples of emergence. Creationsts'objections to evolution (eye, transitional forms, etc.).
Cultural evolution.

Acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding to the study of the evolution from the paleontological aspects.
Ability to think creatively to develop new and original approaches and methods of evolution research.
Awareness of the limits of current knowledge and paleontological techniques in solving evolutionary problems.
Some ability to formulate and solve problems in new and emerging areas of the research on evolution.
  1. Skelton, P. (ed.): Evolution: A biological and paleontological approach. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1993.
  2. Benton, M.J. & Harper, D.A.T.: Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2009.
  3. Erben, H.K.: Evolution. Ferdinand Enke Verlag, Stuttgart, 1990.
  4. Kalafatić, M.: Osnove biološke evolucije. Sveučilište u Zagrebu, 1998.
1. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular module - Zoology
Consultations schedule: