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About the Course

Paleontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of the evolutionary changes that occur when air-breathing terrestrial animals return to water. This course examines the diversity, adaptations, convergence, and phylogenetic relationships of extinct marine reptiles. Students will explore three major groups of marine reptiles: ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs. Watch a preview of the course here:

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Apr 1, 2016

An excellent introduction to the sometimes overlooked marine predators that lived alongside the dinosaurs! A lot of detail is presented here, so be prepared to act like a sponge and soak it all up.


Oct 4, 2022

Learned quite alot about Ichthyosaur and Mosasaur , piqued my interest in going for some advanced course in paleontology , Thank you for such a great course , Hats of the the team behind this .

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Dec 18, 2022

It was simply incredible! I thought I wasn't going to learn too much because it's an online course, but boy was I wrong! It taught me everything from outward appearance evolution to how an ichthyosaur's vertebrae went from having blades to being disks! Totally recommend it!!!

By Prarthana U

Feb 22, 2020

Totally informative course!!! Get yourself set to take in loads and loads of information which is going to help in all aspects. The course has been explained with variety of teaching materials which encourages students to understand the course terminologies and its explanations.

By Francesco N

Mar 1, 2018

I really liked how this course explained how paleontologists work, how they have to reason on different morphologies, even if they don't always have complete organisms. The acquatic problem is a fascinating issue and I think it has been well described in this course.

By Hitech f c

Aug 30, 2020

Good to learn lot of new things which we don't have in our country,I appreciate the knowledge courage of all the host , professor, professional who made this sucessful course easy to understand any body thanks a lot all those who contributed for making this syllabus

By Methsara T

Sep 12, 2021

This is my second paleontology course and it was really helpful for me. Very impressive teaching and I experienced a really good learning progress. I'm hoping to do more paleontology courses from coursera. One day I will be a world famous paleontologist.

By Victoria Z

Jan 12, 2019

Really enjoyed the course. It's not hard to keep up with, but does take you beyond a nature documentary level of detail. Excellent instructor too, very clear and enthusiastic. I really wish they would offer a course like this on pterosauria too.

By Stephanie S

Mar 24, 2020

I've done several paleo courses from the Alberta University and this is my favorite so far. The summary at the end of the last video was really appreciated, and I really enjoyed seeing the artistic recreations and fossils in the course.

By José Á T C

Jul 23, 2020

This is an awesome course, the teacher gave really comprehensive and easy to understand explanations on the topics seen, and most of the lessons sparked my curiosity on biology and my interest in animals, both living and prehistoric

By M S M

Aug 23, 2020

a very delightful course which provides many insights on these Marine Reptiles who once dominated the ocean and how they adapted and evolved to solve the aquatic problems whom they faced upon re-acquiring the marine life

By Yve

Jul 6, 2020

Highly recommended! A nice and interesting course! Was having lots of fun during the lessons. Will keep following the Paleontology courses from University of Alberta. Thank you Dr. W. Scott Persons! Thank you Coursera!

By Monica d l P

Jun 11, 2016

Wonderful... just love how much there's to learn. Love the exposition the data, how it was developed. The perfect timing of the sound and english subtitles.

Excellent professor.

I will enrol to more Paleontology courses

By Andrew E

Oct 4, 2016

This is a fascinating journey into the evolution of ancient marine reptiles. if you're a fan of paleontology and ancient animal life like I am, this course is for you. It's really well done and you won't regret it.

By Himanshu b

Aug 22, 2020

It was very informative and has enkindled interest about this subject. It has given a lot of insight of how the world was, what the habitats were, how incredibly diverse the marine reptiles may have been. Thank you.

By David H

Nov 16, 2021

I really enjoyed all aspects of the course. A lot to learn and extremely interesting. The professor was very knowledgeable and easily explained all the info presented. A very good course even for general knowledge.

By Thomas H j

May 15, 2020

It was fun, consistent and did a good job of explaining itself. Whenever I got something wrong the people explain how it's wrong in a way that can help you understand without directly giving the answers to you. A+.

By Gary

Jun 28, 2020

Great presentation and a very enthusiastic instructor. I learned so much more than I can retain but the information is now available for future reference now that I have a better understanding of the subject area.

By Bruno L P C

Aug 15, 2018

This course was great! Lots of information regarding the evolutionary history, stratigraphy, biology of these ancient marine reptiles, etc. I would definetely recommend the course. I've learned a lot, thank you!

By Daniel C B

Dec 19, 2022

Un excelente curso MOOC que me ha ayudado mejor a comprender los reptiles marinos del mesozoico.Lo recomiendo a todo el mundo.Un 10 a todos los profesionales que lo han impartido por su implicación y buen hacer

By Mw S

Jul 26, 2020

This course was very helpful for learning so much about the marine reptiles, Ichthyopterygians, Sauropterygians and Mosasauroids. It also provided me with a lot of information about aquatic amniotes in general.

By Joanne O

May 24, 2017

Amazing course from the University of Alberta, the enthusiasm from the team just sparkles, the lectures are wonderful and the course notes are superb. This course stretched my brain. I loved every minute it!

By Jose F P C

Aug 3, 2020

An absolutely stellar course. The material is easy to understand and incorporate, while also retaining the difficulty and complexity that come with naturally with paleontology. Cannot recommend it enough.

By Mina N

Jun 8, 2021

I strongly recommend this course! The narrator, Mr W Scott Persons, was very good at narrating, so enthusiastic and nice. Very informative and this course made me decide to keep on studying Paleontology.

By Maria C

Jan 11, 2023

Loved this course. Very enlightening, well done. Lots of information to take in. Kudos to the professor, very thorough, very informative. Learned so much. Definitely in love with ancient sea reptiles.

By Darwin A

Aug 10, 2019

this course is so good I learn a lot about how to differentiate the major groups of marine reptiles of the Mesozoic era and I learn new things about taxonomy anatomy and how the marines animals behave.

By abdul a s

Oct 4, 2022

Learned quite alot about Ichthyosaur and Mosasaur , piqued my interest in going for some advanced course in paleontology , Thank you for such a great course , Hats of the the team behind this .