Palaeontology Field and Museum Skills

Description

Palaeontology Field and Museum Skills includes an overseas field course to examine fossiliferous deposits in a field context. The field course location will be linked to active sites and ongoing research activity within the Palaeobiology research group. Locations may therefore vary, but are likely to initially focus on the the USA (Utah/Arizona).

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Early Mesozoic rocks of Capitol Reef National Park, southern Utah, which record the beginning of the age of dinosaurs

 

Students will develop palaeontological field skills including discovering and identifying fossils and fossiliferous deposits, understanding and describing depositional environments, recording sedimentary sequences and interpreting taphonomic and fossilisation processes. Modern techniques for the documentation of fossils in the field will be employed. Students will gain a detailed understanding of how fossils are preserved, discovered, collected and conserved, and the significance of key fossiliferous deposits and sites for evolutionary palaeobiology. From a museum perspective, students will compare and contrast the different ways in which geological museums curate, display and conserve palaeontological collections, and develop their own museum skills.

Assessment

  • Fieldwork blog
  • Lapworth Museum exhibition design