Invertebrate Paleontology is the research of fossil animals that lack notochords (non-vertebrates). It doesn’t just involve the examine of ancient human evolution, though there is some wiggle room right here: this is more along the strains of paleoanthropology, or organic (bodily) anthropology – the study of historical human anatomy and conduct, the event and evolution of humans and their closest family, and human prehistory.
Because of the particular interest within the Paleozoic Era fossils by the section’s 4 curators and the central location of Carnegie Museum Natural History throughout the Appalachian Basin, the Paleozoic Era fossils make up almost half the gathering.
These specimens include materials used in the case examine that led to Eldredge and Gould’s (1972) proposal of “punctuated equilibria.” Mesozoic invertebrates are also effectively represented, in collections from Central America, North America, and Europe.
That includes crops (paleobotany), pollen (palynology), tiny fossils (micropaleontology), paleoanthropology, the study of natural decay and fossil formation (taphonomy), the research of fossil tracks and traces (ichnology), and the examine of past climates and ecosystems (paleoecology).
Thus modern invertebrate paleontologists deal largely with fossils of this extra strictly defined Animal Kingdom (excepting Phylum Chordata ), Phylum Chordata being the exclusive focus of vertebrate paleontology Protist fossils are then the main focus of micropaleontology , whereas plant fossils are the chief focus paleobotany Together these four represent the normal taxonomic divisions of paleontologic research.