EBIO 2030


History of Life

Spring 2014



Class Meets:  MWF 3:00-3:50 Boggs 243

Instructor:  Dr. Bruce E. Fleury

Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Stern 4030, x8290, 865-5191 (Bio Office)
email: bfleury@.tulane.edu
home page: http://www.tulane.edu/~bfleury/

Office Hours: Stern 4030 - Mon., Wed. & Fri. 1:30-2:45, 4:00-4:45, or by appointment.


Textbooks

Bowler, Peter. 2008. Evolution: The History of an Idea. University of California Press.

Fortey, Richard. 1997. Life - A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth. Vintage: New York.

Toomey, David. 2013. Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own. Norton: New York.

Margulis, Lynn and Sagan, Dorion. Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution. 1986, University of California Press

Additional readings (journal articles) may be assigned during the semester, and will be available on the web or  library reserve.


Philosophy and Goals

We rarely think beyond the narrow envelope of our human life span.Man is a relative newcomer to planet Earth. All of human history represents only a minute portion of the vast stretch of prehistoric time. Throughout these hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary history, many strange and wonderful organisms have ruled the world. This class will acquaint you with these curious creatures and the world they inhabited. You will gain a better perspective on the origin of our modern world, and the roots of our own species.


Grading

There will be four exams, each exam counting 100 points. Exams will consist of definitions, fill-ins, and short answer essay questions. Grades will be assigned as a percentage of 400 points using the grading scale shown below. The final will be cumulative.
 

A      93-100  B+    87-89 C+    77-79 D+    67-69
A-     90-92 B      83-86 C      73-76 D      60-66

B-    80-82 C-    70-72 D-    55-59

Students are reminded that all members of this class will adhere to the LAS Honor Code, which can be found at: http://www.tulane.edu/~jruscher/dept/Honor.Code.html


Schedule of Topics

Date

Topic

Readings




January






13

Introduction - What Scientists Do


15
What Scientists Do - Bone Wars

17
Discovery of Time Bowler p.1-144
20
Martin Luther King Holiday

22
Discovery of Time

24

Discovery of Time


27

Discovery of Time


29

Intelligent Design


31
Intelligent Design




February





3
Evolution
5
Evolution Toomey p.1-99
7
Origin of Life Fortey 1-68
10
Origin of Life
12
Origin of Life Margulis 27-58
14
Origin of Life
17
Origin of Life
19
Origin of Life

21

Origin of Life


24

Lecture Exam #1
26
Cells to Organisms
Margulis 59-191
28
Cells to Organisms




March






3
Mardi Gras

5
Mardi Gras
7
Mardi Gras

10

Cells to Organisms


12
Cells to Organisms
14
Cells to Organisms

17

Cambrian Explosion

Fortey 87-136

19

Cambrian Explosion


21

Cambrian Explosion


24

Fossils
Fortey 137-209

26

Fossils


28
Fossils

31
Lecture Exam #2



April






2
Extinction Fortey 210-260

4

Extinction

7

Extinction


9

Dinosaurs

Fortey 261-322

11

Dinosaurs


14

Dinosaurs


16

Dinosaurs


18
Easter Break

21
Easter Break

23

Dinosaurs


25

Dinosaurs


28

Lecture Exam #3





May 9 (Fri.)

Final Exam , 1:00 - 2:30




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Outline Notes in Text Format

 


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Recommended Reading

Bowler, P. Evolution: The History of an Idea. University of California Press, 1989.

Desmond, A. The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs. Dial Press, 1976.

Glen, W. (ed). Mass-Extinction Debates: How Science Works In A Crisis. Stanford University Press, 1994.

Gould, S.J. Ever Since Darwin. Norton, 1977. Ch. 17, The Reverend Thomas’ Dirty Little Planet, pp. 141-146, Ch. 18, Uniformity and Catastrophe, pp. 147-152.

Moran, Jeffrey P. American Genesis: The Evolution Controversies from Scopes to Creation Science. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Parsons, K.M. The Great Dinosaur Controversy. ABC-Clio, 2004. Ch. 2, Fearfully Great Lizards, pp. 15-31; Ch. 3, Huxley Agonistes, pp. 33-48; and Ch. 6, Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded, or Neither, pp. 87-104.

Raup, D.M. Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck? Norton, 1991, esp. pp. 64-87.

Raup, D.M. The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science. Norton, 1986. Ch. 2, Catastrophism and Earth History, pp. 29-45; Ch. 4,  Gubbio and the Iridium Anomaly, pp. 61-74; Ch. 7, Enter Periodic Extinction, pp. 107-129; and Ch. 12, Belief Systems in Science, pp. 193-207.

Toulmin, S and J. Goodfield. The Discovery of Time. University of Chicago, 1965. Ch. 4, The Revival of Natural Philosophy, pp. 74-102; and Ch. 7, The Earth Acquires A History, pp. 141-170.


The following readings are available online:
 


Futuyma, D. Hypotheses, Facts, and the Nature of Science


Gould, S.J. Velikovsky in Collision.

National Academy of Sciences. Science, Evolution, and Creationism.



Links

      Fleury's Creationism/ID Bibliography

      UCMP Berkely exhibit on the history of evolutionary thought

Andrews' creationism links and resources

National Academy of Science - Evolution resources from the National Academies

National Academy of Sciences. Science, Evolution, and Creationism (booklet)

The Wedge Document (Intelligent Design's Manifesto)

      The Fundamentals. Full text of the essays online

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