Free course

Life in the Palaeozoic

Free statement of participation on completion

Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the explosion of evolution that took place during the Palaeozoic era. You will look at the many different types of creatures that existed at that time and how they managed to evolve to exist on land.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe some key events in the evolution of life during the Palaeozoic Era, such as the first appearance of major groups of invertebrates and vertebrates, and the invasion of the land
  • identify some common types of fossil organisms that were living in Palaeozoic seas, and comment on their likely environment and geological age
  • make inferences from fossils about the biology and mode of life of some Palaeozoic organisms.