University of Alberta
Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology
University of Alberta

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

Taught in English

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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There are 12 modules in this course

This lesson covers the diversity in dinosaur appearances, and will be able to identify major features of the major groups of dinosaurs.

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7 videos4 readings1 quiz

This module describes how fossils form, how we interpret the taphonomy of skeletons and bonebeds, and looks at the possible biases taphonomic events may create in the fossil record.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module looks at the variety of food types, feeding habits, and feeding adaptations amongst the major groups of dinosaurs.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module helps students understand the general modes and styles of locomotion in the major dinosaur groups. It also describes general methods of evaluating hypotheses on locomotion.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module provides a generalized life history of a dinosaur, from birth through adulthood, including reproduction. The student will be able to describe major techniques of evaluating growth stages and rates in dinosaurs.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

Examines the behaviours and structures that may have served for attack or defence through the lifetime of a dinosaur.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module will teach the different ways of defining what a species is. Students will be able to compare the strengths and weaknesses of different species concepts for different situations.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module will describe the basic theories of speciation, and discusses how how these different methods of speciation may have occurred, including both hypothetical and empirical examples.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

This method provides basic stratigraphic concepts and the scale of earth history. Students will understand the evolution of dinosaurs through time, including which groups evolved when and where.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module presents the basic concepts in plate tectonics and the evolution of the earth’s surface.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz

This module will look at the evolution of dinosaurs from non-dinosaurian archosaurs.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz

The module will examine the end-Cretaceous extinction event, and provide examples of vertebrate groups that both persisted and died out during the event.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz

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4.9 (1,193 ratings)
Philip John Currie, PhD
University of Alberta
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