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About the Course

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites. Estimated workload: 3-5 hrs/week....

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Apr 5, 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).


Oct 17, 2020

Even as a dinosaur nerd, I still learned a lot. Instructional videos with embedded quizzes were very well constructed. I'm just a bit bummed that I couldn't access the fossil viewer for some reason.

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By Alexandria F

Nov 5, 2019

This course was a very fun one, and the team at University of Alberta made this class engaging and easy to understand for everyone. Workload was very easy and I looked forward to watching the videos and reading into the discussions. Would recommend!

By andrea s

Apr 6, 2017

Really great teaching and use of wonderful tools to reinforce and assist with learning. Would enjoy doing more courses with Betsy and Phillip. Thank you for taking the time to put this material together and thanks for the brilliant presentations.

By Francisco P d C F

Jun 18, 2021

Extremely Informative, incredible classes taught in a simple, concise manner, never dull, always fun.

Will be looking in taking on more courses in this university. Great job to all the people who put their hard work into constructing this course.

By Marie K L

Dec 9, 2022

This was such a fun and educational course. The lecturers were great and the classes were easy to follow. You can take the course in your own time, and I did it alongside my job. I am very happy with both the university of Alberta and Coursera.

By Júlio H

Jun 18, 2020

Excellent introductory course on dinosaurs. Actually, on a few modules there are excessive information, names of dinosaurs and their corresponding periods, but one can revise the information anytime. This course really makes you crave for more.

By Seah T K

Aug 11, 2020

The course materials were extremely well prepared and well thought through. I have learn a lot from it and it's a great introduction to basics of dinosaurs knowledge. You can impress your friends at the Natural History Museum after the course.

By Joanne O

Jun 2, 2017

I LOVED this course, it was absolutely wonderful. Thank you Dino 101 team you are all magnificent. I've just completed all the MOOC paleontology courses the University of Alberta has to offer and each one is outstanding, please make some more!

By Robin B

Jun 7, 2019

I really much love the course and also the topics that were covered. I have a huge fascination with dinosaurs and pre-historic animals. I would really love to visit University of Alberta Paleontology department and as well the museum as well.

By Al B

Nov 3, 2022

The course is excellent in many ways. The readings cover the subject matter without undue detail. The videos are well-paced and easy to understand. The quizzes are reasonable for students desiring and introduction to the age of dinosaurs.

By Bob B

Oct 11, 2020

I loved this course, dinosaurs have always been my passion and this course made me feel like i did when i first picked up a dinosaur book and became obsessed with learning as much as I could about prehistory. Fantastic, worth the time spent.

By Don R

Feb 18, 2018

I found the course both educational and challenging more encouragement to read the modules would be helpful in information retention , although not sure how to successfully introduce this to the course layout . thank you for the opportunity.


Nov 2, 2020

I very much enjoyed the course. I like the fact that you took advantage of the video format by doing things on location and show specimens, etc. It was just a recorded lecture in front of a projector. It made it significantly more engaging.

By Brian B

Aug 9, 2020

I can´t say enough how much I enjoyed this course! It was wonderfully detailed, concise, but broad in scope. The videos were excellently organized, and I felt prepared for every end-of-week quiz. Thank you so much! On to the next course!

By Arturo Á G

Jul 20, 2020

It's a great course with most of the information still valid. I really recommend it to any dinosaur enthusiast of any age. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot from it. Thank you to the University of Alberta and all the Dino 101 team.

By Kai A

Jul 5, 2020

I absolutely loved this course and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in learning about dinosaurs. I would love to see the University of Alberta offer even more dinosaur courses! I'm excited to take the next theropod course.

By Gerick S

Apr 9, 2020

Great illustrations throughout the course and support material like the fossil viewer. Videos were very well presented and the readings have tons of interesting supplementary material. This was a very fun course and I can't wait to do more.

By Cynthia P

Aug 20, 2018

Really enjoyable course - I took this solely to satisfy my personal interest and to learn more about dinosaurs. It was my first Coursera course and first online course and really a very satisfying introduction. Thank you for offering it.

By Ned F

Feb 28, 2022

Very interesting. Appreciated the broad scope, and the weaving in of information on geology, biology, plate techtonics, evolution, extinction issues and climate change. Learned a lot. Presented in an easy-to-understand format. Thank you!

By Aanvita S

Nov 9, 2022

Dino 101 is an excellent course for any dinosaur lover. The course is very informative and easy to follow and the instructors are amazingly good and make learning super fun and interesting. I would highly recommend taking this course.

By Ann J

Jan 12, 2022

I loved this course! I learned so much and using this basis will continue to learn about dinosaurs on my own. I can't believe this wonderful course is available to the general public gratis. Jump in and learn about dinos from the best!

By Shaibo C

Jun 28, 2021

This was tremendous course so far . There are so many things to learn . My cordial gratitude towards the instructors for making this course enjoyable and interesting . It will give u a ride of the dino history and their evolution .

By David B

Aug 13, 2017

I enjoyed Dinosaur 101. It was informative, well organized, well presented, and done at the right level of difficulty for someone with little knowledge of the subject. I enjoyed Betsy's quizzes and her explanations after each quiz.

By Anne D

Jun 29, 2017

Very well presented course full of interesting material. The test questions within the videos were great as well, and we enjoyed the dino bone puzzles and the fossil viewer a lot, too.

Kept the attention even of younger students.

By M S M

Oct 23, 2020

a very complete and great course with so many informations provided to better understand the nature of dinosaurs, how they came to dominance, and how they went extinct from the face of the earth. a really good and enjoyable course

By Riccardo Z

Jan 13, 2022

I'm not an expert and I'm going to apologise now for my bad english I can only say that from an italian 14 year old passionate about palontoly I loved this course so much. I thank the people who made it easy to access and fun.