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Summer 2020 Session Information
- Session 1 (D) courses are May 26 - July 2
- Session 2 (Q) courses are July 6 - August 14
Dinosaurs and the History of Life
EESC S1004Q 3 points.
Dinosaurs explores how science works and provide practical knowledge about the history of life and how we have come to understand it. We learn how to analyze the evolutionary relationships of organisms and examine how dinosaurs came to be exemplars of a very successful group of organisms dominant on land for 140 million years. We will delve deeply into how direct descendants of small carnivorous theropod dinosaurs evolved into birds, still more diverse than mammals, dominating the air. The Mesozoic, a "hot-house world", with no ice caps and was the kind of world we are hurtling towards because of our input of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and we will look at how their time is a natural experiment for our future. The non-avian dinosaur met their end in a remarkable cataclysm discovered by detective work that we will delve deeply into as a paradigm of the scientific method Finally, they are fun and spectacular - monsters more fantastic than any person has invented in legend or religion - and they are still with us!
|Paul E Olsen