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Approx. 17 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Extinctions: Getting Started with the End

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 48 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Extinctions As a Concern for the 21st Century8m
"Mass" Extinction vs. "Normal" Extinction10m
When Is a Species Really Extinct? Exploring Lazarus, Elvis, & Zombie Taxa9m
How Extinctions Play a Role in Evolution9m
Why Studying Extinctions Is Critical for Our Survival5m
4 readings
Course Outline & Grading Information5m
[Handout] Lazarus, Elvis & Zombie Taxa5m
Mass Extinctions & Evolution25m
The Insect Apocalypse & Our Present-Day Extinctions1h
2 practice exercises
Practice: Week 115m
Graded: Week 115m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Human Awareness of Extinctions: A History

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Renaissance & Post-Enlightenment Theories on Previous Life10m
The Birth of Modern Geology & Paleontology10m
Mary Anning & Her Fossil Discoveries10m
Victorian Dinosaurs & Extinctions9m
2 readings
Fossil Myths, American Degeneracy, & Geology Origins1h
Early Paleontological Findings30m
2 practice exercises
Practice: Week 215m
Graded: Week 215m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Mass Extinctions of the Pre-Human Past

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 60 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
The End-Ordovician Extinction: 444 Million Years Ago9m
The End-Devonian Extinction: 360 Million Years Ago8m
The End-Permian Extinction: 252 Million Years Ago9m
The End-Triassic Extinction: 201 Million Years Ago7m
The End-Cretaceous Extinction: 66 Million Years Ago9m
Mass Extinctions: Commonalities & Differences5m
4 readings
Precambrian Life, the Rise of Oxygen, & Deadly Plants35m
Mammals, Asteroids, & Climate Change1h 10m
[Handout] Geological Time Scale5m
[Handout] Timeline of Mass Extinctions10m
2 practice exercises
Practice: Week 315m
Graded: Week 315m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Extinctions of Pre-History & Near-Present (Pleistocene Epoch & Late Holocene Epoch)

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 58 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
North & South American7m
Australian8m
New Zealand & Madagascar8m
The "Overkill" Hypothesis & Habitat Alteration9m
Alternative Explanations: Climate Change, Diseases, & Meteorite Impact6m
The Ecological After-Effects of Megafauna Extinction7m
2 readings
Neanderthals, Megafauna, & Theories on Biodiversity1h
After-Effects of & Theories About Megafaunal Extinction40m
2 practice exercises
Practice: Week 415m
Graded: Week 415m

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