GEOL 104 Dinosaurs: A Natural History

Fall Semester 2014

Sept. 3 Introduction; What are Dinosaurs?

Sept. 5 What is Science? The Meaning of Fossils

Sept. 8 The History of Prehistory; the Great Exposition through Great Expeditions

Sept. 10 Basics of Geology: Every Rock is a Record of the Environment in Which It Formed

Sept. 12 Fossils and Fossilization
Quiz 1 due

Sept. 15 Deep Time I: Ruins of an Older World

Sept. 17 Deep Time II: Plate Tectonics and the Earth Engine

Sept. 19 The Living Earth: Ecology

Sept. 22 Our Bodies, Our Selves: Introduction to Vertebrate Osteology

Sept. 24 Taxonomy and Species
Quiz 2 due

Sept. 26 Evolution I: Descent with Modification

Sept. 29 Evolution II: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

Oct. 1 Evolution III: Patterns and Processes

Oct. 3 Systematics I: The Tree of Life

Oct. 6 Systematics II: Cladistics
Quiz 3 due


Oct. 10 The Colonization of Land

Oct. 13 Life on Land before the Dinosaurs

Oct. 15 The Rise of the Dinosaurs

Oct. 17 Thyreophora: Defense! Defense! Defense!
Quiz 4 due

Oct. 20 Ornithopoda: Beaks, bills & crests

Oct. 22 Marginocephalia: That's using your head!

Oct. 24 Sauropodomorpha I: Dawn of the Thunder

Oct. 27 Sauropodomorpha II: Neosauropoda: Size Matters and Theropoda I: Basal Theropods

Oct. 29 Theropoda II: Dinosaurs Red in Tooth and Claw
Quiz 5 due

Oct. 31 Theropoda III, Coelurosauria: Tyrant Kings and Lesser Royals

Nov. 3 WATCH ON ELMS Theropoda IV, Maniraptora: The Feathered Dinosaurs

Nov. 5 WATCH ON ELMS Theropoda V: Rise of Birds & Dinosaurs Take Wing

Nov. 7 WATCH ON ELMS The Worlds of Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Paleoecology

Nov. 10 Dinosaur Olympics: Locomotion and Dinosaurs in the World of Physics & Walking with Dinosaurs: Trace Fossil Analysis
Quiz 6 due


Nov. 14 Through the Eyes of a Dinosaur: Dinosaur Senses

Nov. 17 WATCH ON ELMS Tyrannosaurus Sex: Dinosaur Social Behavior

Nov. 19 WATCH ON ELMS Bringing Up Baby: Dinosaur Families and Growth

Nov. 21 WATCH ON ELMS The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs
Quiz 7 due

Nov. 24 Heart Beats & Deep Breaths

Nov. 26 So You Want To Be An Endotherm?

Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving Recess: enjoy your roasted maniraptoran

Dec. 1 Dinosaur Physiology roundup

Dec. 3 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. 8 The Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction I: All Good Things...

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

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