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Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution, University of Alberta

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About this Course

Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of the origin of vertebrates. Students will explore the diversity of Palaeozoic lineages within a phylogenetic and evolutionary framework. This course examines the evolution of major vertebrate novelties including the origin of fins, jaws, and tetrapod limbs. Students also explore key Canadian fossil localities, including the Burgess Shale (British Columbia), Miguasha (Quebec), and Man On The Hill (Northwest Territories). Watch a preview of the course here:

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Jun 21, 2016

WOW, I learned a lot form this and it was fairly educational but not overwhelming or difficult. This instructor really gets the points across without being to easy or hard. A very good class.


Mar 03, 2018

Celebrate your inner fish as you swim along with this awesome course charting our earliest ancestors. Very well constructed and delivered once again by the team at the University of Alberta.

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By Melinda Massey

May 10, 2019

Wonderful Course. Subtitles didn't seem to work on Week 3 and 4.

By Prashant Subhashchandra Salunke

May 03, 2019

Very nice and informative course

By Mary Mulcahy

May 02, 2019

High quality!! Great information!

By Иво Добринов (Ivo Dobrinov)

Apr 28, 2019

Great course! Explained with simple words which is great for people from other countries. The illustrations were awesome and the professor is very positive. Thank you for your amazing work! Salute from Bulgaria!

By Jolanta Fallach

Apr 21, 2019

Short but amazing view on fish development with lots of technical terminologies. The very enjoyable way of learning. Thank you for this course and the whole series!

By selene yado

Mar 21, 2019

Excelente, sumamente completo el curso.

By Carmen Mia De Maria Tello-Roig

Feb 09, 2019


By Gary Elaschuk

Feb 06, 2019

It was fun :)

By Sharan Sajiv Menon

Feb 05, 2019

This course really taught me about Early vertebrates


Feb 01, 2019

This is perhaps the best and most enjoyable course that I have ever taken in Paleontology , I also learned a lot and will always treasure the experience !