Vertebrate paleontology is the study of the deep-time history and environmental context of vertebrate evolution. To understand the history of vertebrate diversification in the context of changing Earth systems is the aim of this course.  The course will develop critical skills for interpreting the vertebrate fossil record, including morphology, stratigraphy, and biogeography and for analyzing it using phylogeny, biomechanics, and synthesis of scientific research papers.

Handouts: [syllabus] [bones of the skeleton] [bones of the skull] [transformations of the skull] [molar tooth crowns] [tooth crown height] [North American land mammal ages] [Eocene teeth]

This lecture presents an overview of vertebrate evolution.  (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology at Indiana University).
This lecture presents an overview of Earth history and geological time (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology).
An overview of the vertebrate body plan, including comparative anatomy (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology).
Introduction to skull morphology (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology).
Comparative morphology and evolution of the skull (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology).
Morphology and function of the skeleton (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology)
Comparative morphology and evolution of the skeleton (by David Polly, 2021, EAS-E 412 Vertebrate Paleontology).