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I. What is Paleontology?
The study of
past life.
I1. Paleontologist
□ Paleontologist –
scientist who studies
fossils and plants
from past life and
other past
ecosystems
□ ...
III. Uniformitarianism
□ Uniformitarianism –
the idea that the
same geologic
processes shaping
the Earth today
have been a...
Extra Info!
James Hutton was the
first to develop the
idea of
Uniformitarianism in
1788
His theory sparked a
scientific de...
 Rocks record geological events and
changing life forms of the past.
 We have learned that Earth is much older
than anyo...
IV. Relative Dating
Relative dating
tells us the
sequence in which
events occurred,
not how long ago
they occurred.
Chronological order
- re...
a. Law of Superposition
The law of superposition states that in an
undeformed, undisturbed sequence of
sedimentary rocks, ...
Undistrubed Rock Layer
Distrubed Rock Layer
b. Original Horizontality
The principle of original horizontality
means that layers of sediment are
generally deposited in...
c. Index fossils
• Index fossils are used to determine
approximate age. Index fossils are
widespread geographically, are
l...
Index Fossils
d. Geological Column
Geologic column is an ideal sequence
of rock layers that contains all the
known fossils and rock form...
Ticket out the
Door!
What is
Uniformitarianism?
Paleontology and uniformitariansm
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  1. 1. I. What is Paleontology? The study of past life.
  2. 2. I1. Paleontologist □ Paleontologist – scientist who studies fossils and plants from past life and other past ecosystems □ Studies traces left behind by animals and piece together the conditions under which fossils were formed.
  3. 3. III. Uniformitarianism □ Uniformitarianism – the idea that the same geologic processes shaping the Earth today have been at work throughout Earth’s history. □ This takes a LONG time!
  4. 4. Extra Info! James Hutton was the first to develop the idea of Uniformitarianism in 1788 His theory sparked a scientific debate by suggesting that Earth was much molder than previously thought!
  5. 5.  Rocks record geological events and changing life forms of the past.  We have learned that Earth is much older than anyone had previously imagined Continued  There are two ways that we can determine the age of a rock: 1. Relative Dating 2. Absolute Dating
  6. 6. IV. Relative Dating
  7. 7. Relative dating tells us the sequence in which events occurred, not how long ago they occurred. Chronological order - relational
  8. 8. a. Law of Superposition The law of superposition states that in an undeformed, undisturbed sequence of sedimentary rocks, each bed is older than the one above it and younger than the one below it.
  9. 9. Undistrubed Rock Layer
  10. 10. Distrubed Rock Layer
  11. 11. b. Original Horizontality The principle of original horizontality means that layers of sediment are generally deposited in a horizontal position.
  12. 12. c. Index fossils • Index fossils are used to determine approximate age. Index fossils are widespread geographically, are limited to a short span of geologic time, and occur in large numbers. FOUND IN SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
  13. 13. Index Fossils
  14. 14. d. Geological Column Geologic column is an ideal sequence of rock layers that contains all the known fossils and rock formations on Earth arranged from oldest to youngest.
  15. 15. Ticket out the Door! What is Uniformitarianism?
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