This course is taught to Rutgers College Honors students in the Spring.
Anderson Lecture PDF
Intro Paper Assignment
Origin of Life Film
Stanley Miller simulation
New Jersey geological map
Map of plate boundaries = ocean trenches
Diagram of the submarine Alvin
Open Letter to Kansas School Board"
Ernst Mayr on Darwin
Entire article, Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought
Review of "As Nature Made Him" by John Colapinto
Chert.ppt ctrl-click to download, pictures of stromatolites, origin of life.
Ediac.ppt ctrl-click to download, pictures of Ediacaran and Vendian organisms (pre-Cambrian).
A math exercise not really assigned, but interesting. Please try it.
Recent human evolution: Lactose Tolerance
Amino Acids -- protein is made from Amino Acids. You don't need to memorize this list, but know that they come in categories. Some "like" water, and some hate it.
Deep Sea Volcanic Vents take a look at the New Millennium Observatory (NeMO) site.
Aliens of the Deep
Molyvos good place to find Octopus!
Trilobite Ventral Morphology
Geology Map 1
Geology Map 2
Wild Stromatolites Shark Bay Australia
Big Fossil Stromatolite
Some Ediacaran animals
Structure of a Five Act Play
Long list of relevant books
Some controversies in this area of science.
Some links to interesting websites
A discussion of photosynthesis
During the semester, I will bring in fossils from my collection to pass around and show the class. Below are simply some descriptions. There are no pictures except in the last entry.
Cambrian Trilobites flat and smooth
Cambrian fossils, update of above
Ordovician and Silurian fossils
Devonian Trilobites -- these are often found "enrolled" or curled up. Also often "ornamental" or spiny.
Carboniferous Fossils -- in America, this period is split into Mississippian and Pennsylvanian
Permian Fossils -- the Paleozoic ended with a major disaster that cause widespread extinctions.
Fossils from Lagerstatten include some of the "soft bodied" fossils shown below
Pictures of Soft-bodied Fossils I own