GEOL 104 Dinosaurs: A Natural History

Fall Semester 2016

Aug. 29 Introduction; What are Dinosaurs?

Aug. 31 What is Science? The Meaning of Fossils

Sept. 2 The History of Prehistory; the Great Exposition through Great Expeditions

Sept. 5 LABOR DAY (No classes)

Sept. 7 Pages in the Book of Time: Sedimentary Rocks

Sept. 9 Bones in the Stones: Fossils and Fossilization
Quiz 1 due

Sept. 12 Deep Time I: Ruins of an Older World

Sept. 14 Deep Time II: Plate Tectonics and the Earth Engine

Sept. 16 The Living Earth: Ecology

Sept. 19 Our Bodies, Our Selves: Introduction to Vertebrate Osteology

Sept. 21 Taxonomy and Species
Quiz 2 due

Sept. 23 Evolution I: Descent with Modification

Sept. 26 Evolution II: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

Sept. 28 Evolution III: Patterns and Processes

Sept. 30 Systematics I: The Tree of Life

Oct. 3 Systematics II: Cladistics
Quiz 3 due


Oct. 7 The Colonization of Land

Oct. 10 Life on Land before the Dinosaurs

Oct. 12 The Rise of the Dinosaurs

Oct. 14 Thyreophora: Defense! Defense! Defense!
Quiz 4 due

Oct. 17 Neornithischia I: Parksosauridae & Ornithopoda: Beaks, bills & crests

Oct. 19 Neornithischia II, Marginocephalia: That's using your head!

Oct. 21 Sauropodomorpha I: Dawn of the Thunder

Oct. 24 WATCH ON ELMS Sauropodomorpha II: Neosauropoda: Size Matters and Theropoda I: Basal Theropods

Oct. 26 WATCH ON ELMS Theropoda II: Dinosaurs Red in Tooth and Claw
Quiz 5 due

Oct. 28 WATCH ON ELMS Theropoda III, Coelurosauria: Tyrant Kings and Lesser Royals

Oct. 31 Theropoda IV, Maniraptora: The Feathered Dinosaurs

Nov. 2 Theropoda V: Rise of Birds

Nov. 4 Dinosaurs Take Wing & The Worlds of Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Paleoecology

Nov. 7 Dinosaur Olympics: Locomotion and Dinosaurs in the World of Physics & Walking with Dinosaurs: Trace Fossil Analysis
Quiz 6 due


Nov. 11 Through the Eyes of a Dinosaur: Dinosaur Senses

Nov. 14 Tyrannosaurus Sex: Dinosaur Social Behavior
Smithsonian Field Trip Project due

Nov. 16 Bringing Up Baby: Dinosaur Families and Growth

Nov. 18 The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs
Quiz 7 due

Nov. 21 Heart Beats & Deep Breaths

Nov. 23-25 Thanksgiving Recess: enjoy your roasted maniraptoran

Nov. 28 So You Want To Be An Endotherm?

Nov. 30 Dinosaur Physiology roundup

Dec. 2 Dragons of the Sea and Air: Marine Reptiles and Pterosaurs
Quiz 8 due

Dec. 5 In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs: Mesozoic Mammals & Plants

Dec. 7 The Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction I: All Good Things...

Dec. 9 The Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction II: One REALLY Bad Day!

Dec. 12 The Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction III: End of an Era
Quiz 9 due

Dec. 20 (TUESDAY!!) FINAL EXAM, PLS 1130, 8:00-10:00 am

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