Chapter One

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This is my Chapter One notes from a "Life of the Past" class (Paleontology) . These are my own notes taken from the textbook (History of Life) prior to class and have the end of chapter questions included.

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Chapter OneI.II.III.IV.V.VI.VII.How geology worksa. Geology is the study of the Earth we live oni. Broad science, some new earth & some old earthii. Organism evolution effects environment & vice versa, this is called a feedbackmechanismHow Paleontology Worksa. Paleontology is the study of fossilsi. Aims to understand fossils as one-living organismsii. How do we know we have the right explanation?b. 4 levels of Paleontological interpretationi. Inevitable conclusions: no possible alternativesii. Speculations: may be right, but no real evidence one way or anotheriii. Likely interpretations: may be alternatives, but a large amount of evidencesupports 1 ideaiv. Guesses: biologically plausible but untestable. Considered nonscientificOrigin of Lifea. Although organic molecules have been found on meteorites from space, we have yet tofind other life due to lack of

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