EBIO 2030


History of Life

Fall 2014



Class Meets:  TR 9:30-10:45 in Boggs 239

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 - Tues. & Thurs. 1:15-3:00, 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://tulane.edu/college/code.cfm


Schedule of Topics:


Date

Topic

Readings




August






26

Introduction - What Scientists Do


28
Discovery of Time Bowler p.1-144



September





2
Discovery of Time
4

Discovery of Time


9

Intelligent Design


11

Evolution

Toomey pp. 1-99

16
Evolution
Fortey 1-68

18

Origin of Life


23

Origin of Life

Margulis 27-58

25

Origin of Life


30

Origin of Life





October






2
Cells to Organisms
7
Lecture Exam #1

9

Fall Break


14

Cells to Organisms Margulis 59-191

16

Cells to Organisms


21

Cambrian Explosion


23

Cambrian Explosion

Fortey 87-136

28

Fossils


30
Fossils Fortey 137-209



November





4
Fossils

6

Extinction


11

Lecture Exam #2


13

Extinction

Fortey 210-260

18

Extinction


20
Dinosaurs

25

Dinosaurs


27

Thanksgiving





December






2
Dinosaurs

4

Lecture Exam #3





Dec. 14 (Sun.)

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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