Prereq.:GEOL 1003, GEOL 1602; BIOL 1201.One or two field trips required.3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Characteristics and geologic history of selected taxa with significant fossil records; use of paleontologic data (paleobiologic, paleoenvironmental, geochemical and biostratigraphic) in geology and evolutionary studies; influence of the biosphere on Earth over geologic time.