Origin and Evolution of Life
These disciplines investigate the interactions be-
tween life and environments throughout Earth’s histo-
ry. Principles of paleontology form the foundation that
bridges geologic, biologic, chemical, and anthropolog-
ic sciences.

Geobiology relies on analysis of fossils in their geo-
logic, and thus historical and environmental contexts
to test hypotheses about the history of life.

Geoarchaeology and geoanthropology focus on the
spatial, temporal, and environmental context of hu-
mans in the most recent phases of Earth history.

The IU Paleontology Collection, which contains more
than 1.3 million fossil specimens, offers special oppor-
tunities for specimen-based research, teaching, and
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