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Lecture 1 - Why Study the History of Life?

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Department
Earth Sciences
Course
Earth Sciences 1083F/G
Professor
Cameron Tsujita
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 1Why Study the History of Life y Fossils are cool y We want to know where we came from o Humans are the product of at least 35 billion years of evolution o Many theories have been proposed on the mechanisms of evolutionary change o Can only tell what happened by the fossil record y Fascination with the past o Humans have a deepseated interest in what life was like in the past o Many organisms have evolved and gone extinct in Earths 45 billion years o Fossils act as time machines the tell us what life was like in the past y Ultimate Detective Story o Paleontologists gather evidence to deduce
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