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Course content

The course will provide details of the most important fossil invertebrate and vertebrate groups. Special themes will cover the origin of the first multicellular animals, thereafter the evolution of selected sponges, corals, brachiopods, molluscs, graptolites and arthropods, the earliest vertebrates, life on land, reptiles, dinosaurs and mammals including humans.

Learning outcome

The course will provide the necessary knowledge for an independent M.Sc. study in paleontology/palaeobiology.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

A bachelor degree in geosciences, GEO3710 – Evolution of Life (continued).

Overlapping courses


Lectures, colloquia and working groups - totally 4 hours per week. Up to 2 days excursions. Obligatory assignments which must be approved before you can take the final exam.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

To attend the field trip/excursion it is required that the following course is passed:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504 when you attend the field trip/excursion.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Final oral exam (100 %).

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEO4212 – Paleozoology, Systematics and Evolution.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course continue as GEO4212 autumn 2018.


Every autumn

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