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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Romanian, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

The Phanerozoic Begins

4 videos (Total 64 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
1.1 Vertebrate Origins22m
1.2 Vertebrate Environments23m
1.3 Diversity of Early Vertebrate Life15m
6 readings
Instructional Staff10m
Meet Your Presenter: Scott Persons10m
Course Glossary10m
Acknowledgements10m
Interactive Learning Objects10m
Lesson 1 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Assessment (Graded)10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Learning to Swim

3 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
2.2 Early Fish Types & Anatomy - Part 121m
2.2 Early Fish Types & Anatomy - Part 216m
1 reading
Lesson 2 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Assessment (Graded)10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Learning to Bite

3 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
3.1 Evolution of Jaws - Part 215m
3.2 Placoderms21m
1 reading
Lesson 3 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Assessment (Graded)10m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Learning to Walk

3 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
4.2 The Lobe-Finned Fishes18m
4.3 Primitive Tetrapods16m
1 reading
Lesson 4 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Assessment (Graded)10m
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Top reviews from Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution

By TOJun 21st 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.

By JCMar 3rd 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.

Instructor

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Alison Murray, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

About University of Alberta

UAlberta is considered among the world’s leading public research- and teaching-intensive universities. As one of Canada’s top universities, we’re known for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences....

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