PART I: GENERAL PALEONTOLOGY.
Definition and areas of Paleontology, history of Paleontology, definition of fossil.
Taphonomy: biostratinomy, fossilization processes and diagenesis.
Fossils and rocks: fossils as components of rocks, sedimentary environments, fossil deposits.
Applied paleontology (the use of fossils): paleobiology, biostratigraphy and evolution, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, paleogeography.
Paleontological dating: absolute chronology, relative chronology, geological time scale.
Life and landscape in the history of the Earth: Precambrian Era, Archaeozoic Era, Mesozoic Era, Cenozoic Era.
Origin and early development of life on Earth: origin of organic compound, origin of membranes, origin of reproduction, first cells, first metazoans, Ediacara's biome, "Cambrian Explosion".
PART II: SISTEMATIC PALEONTOLOGY.
The paleontological systematics and the problem of the fossil species: the paleontological species (morphological species and typological species), the paleontological systematics, the paleontological domains.
Paleobotany: non-vascular plants, vascular plants.
Paleozoology of invertebrates.
Paleontology of vertebrates.
PART III: PALEONTOLOGICAL PRACTICE.
The paleontological excavation.
The restoration and conservation of fossils.
Legislation on the protection and enhancement of paleontological goods in Italy, in the European community and in non-European countries.