GEOL 104 Dinosaurs: A Natural History

Fall Semester 2006

Aug. 30 Introduction: What is Science?; What are Dinosaurs?
Reading: Chap. 1

Sept. 1 Fossils and Rocks; The Meaning of Fossils
Reading: Chap. 2

Sept. 4 LABOR DAY--No Class

Sept. 6 The History of Prehistory; Dinosaur research through time
Geology Assignment is handed out

Sept. 8 Deep Time I: Dating the fossil record
Reading: Chap. 2

Sept. 11 Deep Time II: Millions of years ago...
Reading: Chap. 2

Sept. 13 Plate Tectonics and the Earth Engine
Reading: Chap. 2

Smithsonian Assignment I is handed out

Sept. 15 Our Bodies, Our Selves: Introduction to Vertebrate Osteology
Reading: Chaps. 3-4

Sept. 18 Evolution I: Descent with Modification
Reading: Chaps. 3-4
Geology Assignment is DUE

Sept. 20 Evolution II: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
Reading: Chaps. 3-4

Sept. 22 Evolution III: Patterns and Processes; and Systematics I: Taxonomy
Reading: Chaps. 3-4
Anatomy & Systematics Assignment is handed out

Sept. 25 Systematics II: The Tree of Life
Reading: Chaps. 3-4

Sept. 27 Systematics III: Cladistics
Reading: Chaps. 3-4

Sept. 29 Evolution of the Vertebrates I and II
Reading: Chaps. 4 and 5
Systematics Assignment is DUE

Oct. 2 Life on Land before the Dinosaurs
Reading: Chap. 5

Oct. 4 The Origin of Dinosauria
Reading: Chap. 5

Oct. 6 TEST I

Oct. 9 The Dinosaur Family Tree: What is a dinosaur?
Reading: pp. 102-106, 222-226
Smithsonian Assignment I is DUE!

Oct. 11 Thyreophora: Defense! Defense! Defense!
Reading: Chaps. 6-7

Oct. 13 Ornithopoda: Beaks, bills & crests
Reading: Chap. 10
Video Assignment is handed out

Oct. 16 Marginocephalia: That's using your head!
Readings: Chaps. 8-9
Smithsonian Assignment II is handed out

Oct. 18, 20 No lectures: work on the video assignment this week.
During the week of October 16-20, you will be required to view a set of videos on Dial Access on the 4th Floor Nonprint Media room of Hornbake Library. You will be required to turn in your answers to the take-home video quizzes on Friday November 4.

Oct. 23 Sauropodomorpha: Size matters
Reading: Chap. 11

Oct. 25 Theropoda I: Dinosaurs Red in Tooth and Claw
Dinosaur Relationships Assignment is handed out
Reading: Chap. 12

Oct. 27 Theropoda II, Coelurosauria: Tyrant Kings and Lesser Royals
Reading: Chap. 13

Oct. 29 Daylight Savings Time ends: Set your clocks so that you don't miss class!

Oct. 30 Theropoda III, Eumaniraptora: Dinosaurs of the Air
Reading: Chap. 14

Nov. 1 Theropoda IV: Dinosaurs Take Flight!
Reading: Chap. 14
Dinosaur Relationships Assignment is DUE!

Nov. 3 Dinosaur History I: Dinosaurs Inherit the Earth
Reading: Chap. 16
Video Assignment is DUE!

Nov. 6 Dinosaur History II: Time of the Titans and Flowering of the Age of Dinosaurs
Reading: Chap. 16

Nov. 8 Dinosaur History III: The Many Worlds of the Late Cretaceous
Reading: Chap. 16

Nov. 10 TEST II

Nov. 13 Dinosaur Growth and Behavior
Reading: Chap. 15

Nov. 15 Hot- or Cold-Running Dinosaurs?
Reading: Chap. 15
Dinosaur Physiology Assignment is handed out

Nov. 17 Hearts, Lungs, and Faces: New Approaches to Dinosaur Physiology
Reading: Chap. 15

Nov. 20 Eat or be Eaten: Dinosaur Paleoecology
Reading: Chap. 15

Nov. 22 Dinosaur Physiology roundup

Reading: Chap. 15
Smithsonian Assignment II is DUE!

Nov. 23-26 Thanksgiving Recess: enjoy your roasted maniraptoran

Nov. 27 Dragons of the Sea and Air: Marine Reptiles and Pterosaurs
Dinosaur Physiology Assignment is DUE!

Nov. 29 In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: The first 7/10th of Mammalian History

Dec. 1 The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction I: All Good Things...
Reading: Chaps. 17-18
Dinosaur Extinction Assignment is handed out

Dec. 4 The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction II: One REALLY Bad Day!
Reading: Chaps. 17-18

Dec. 6 The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction III: Not With a Bang, But a Whimper
Reading: Chaps. 17-18

Dec. 8 The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction IV: The Big Picture
Reading: Chaps. 17-18
Dinosaur Extinction Assignment is DUE!

Dec. 11 Walking with Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs in Pop Culture

Dec. 20 (WEDNESDAY!!) FINAL EXAM, PLS 1130, 8:00-10:00 am
[PLEASE NOTE: Final Schedule according to Schedule of Classes, Fall 2006 First Edition. Consult Final Edition for actual time and date, if any changes. Changes have been known to happen!]

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Last modified: 13 October 2006