Skip to main content

Unit information: Mesozoic stratigraphy and palaeontology fieldwork in 2019/20

Please note: Due to alternative arrangements for teaching and assessment in place from 18 March 2020 to mitigate against the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, information shown for 2019/20 may not always be accurate.

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Unit name Mesozoic stratigraphy and palaeontology fieldwork
Unit code EASC20026
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Vinther
Open unit status Not open

EASC20029 Introduction to field mapping



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

A week long field course, near to Easter, devoted to palaeontological, sedimentological and stratigraphic field observations of terrestrial and marine settings on the Dorset Coast and Isle of Wight.

The unit aims to enable students to acquire the field skills necessary for:

  • depositional and palaeoenvironmental contextualization
  • taphonomic interpretations
  • fossil collecting
  • Palaeoenvironmental assessments
  • stratigraphic correlation using depositional, cyclic and bio-stratigraphic tools

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the field class students will be able to:

  • Recognize most formations of the Mesozoic on the Jurassic Coast and Isle Of Wight
  • Characterize a range facies types
  • Put observations into a depositional context
  • Interpret palaeoenvironments
  • Identify a host of Mesozoic fossils
  • Collect fossils safely in the field
  • Applying appropriate numerical techniques to questions in palaecology

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Three assessed exercises (100%)

Reading and References