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Approx. 16 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Appearance and Anatomy

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 videos (Total 63 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Size4m
Skeleton12m
Saurischians7m
Ornithischians10m
Appearance13m
Muscles4m
4 readings
Instructional Staff10m
Meet Your Presenter: Betsy Kruk10m
Course Glossary10m
Lesson 1 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Appearance and Anatomy10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Death and Fossilization

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 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Fossilization8m
Field Work20m
1 reading
Lesson 2 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Death and Fossilization10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Eating

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 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Teeth7m
Claws3m
Determining Diet11m
1 reading
Lesson 3 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 310m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Moving Around

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 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Limbs12m
Trackways4m
Metabolism 5m
1 reading
Lesson 4 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 410m
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Top reviews from Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

By JHApr 6th 2017

Thank you for this excellent course! I really enjoyed the short videos, the concise notes, and quick quizzes (both at the end of each lesson, as well as the main point quizzes throughout the videos).

By DOApr 27th 2017

Excellent course, great material, concepts well organized, nothing to complain really. The presenters were all very good too, and I'll be taking all the related courses for sure. Recommended 100%.

Instructor

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Philip John Currie, PhD

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Dinosaur Paleobiology
Department of Biological Sciences

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