Biology 399 - History of Life 
Lecture Syllabus 
Week
 Lecture Topic
Web Links
08/26
Introduction: Why study the History of Life?
Introduction to Evolutionary Biology
Geologic Time Scale
09/02
How to Measure Geologic Time
Discussion of Article #1
 Geologic Time
 09/09
The Origin of Life
Discussion of Article #2
The Origin of Life: Abiotic Synthesis of Organic Molecules
 09/16
Early Life on Planet Earth
Discussion of Article #3
Cyanobacteria: Fossil Record
 09/23
Origin of Eukaryotes
Origin of Multicelluar Organisms
Discussion of Article #4
Quiz on Crucible of Creation (Friday)
Endosymbiotic Theory
Multicellular Organisms
 09/30
Evolution of Early Animal Life
EXAM 1
The Ediacarans 
The Cambrian Explosion
 10/07 Life on a Changing Planet An Introduction to Plate Tectonics
 10/14 Fall Recess; Discuss Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?   The Extinction Files
 10/21
Vertebrate Origins
Discussion of Article #5
Dawn of Vertebrates 
Early Fossil Fishes
 10/28
The Terrestrial Invasion
Discussion of Article #6
The Invasion of Land
 11/04 A brief history of amphibians and reptiles EXAM 2  Late Paleozoic Life
 11/11
The Beginning and the End of the Dinosaurs 
Discussion of Article #7
Evolution of the Dinosaurs
 11/18
The Evolution of Flight 
Discussion of Article #8  
Vertebrate Flight
 11/25
The Origin of Mammals
Thanksgiving Recess 
The Evolution of Mammals
 12/02
The Evolution of Cenozoic Mammals 
Web Site Presentations 
The Age of Mammals
 12/09 Web Site Presentations  
 12/12 FINAL EXAM (8:00 am)