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User
Learners taking this Course are
  • Geologists
  • Biologists
  • Scientists
  • Photographers
  • Teachers

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), German, English, Spanish, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Bird Anatomy

3 videos (Total 37 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
1.1 The Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs15m
1.2 Bird Anatomy19m
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

Survey of Non-Avian Theropods

3 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
2.2 Jurassic Theropods17m
2.3 Cretaceous Theropods15m
1 reading
Lesson 2 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Assessment (Graded)10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Coelurosaurs I

4 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
3.1 Early Coelurosaurs - Part 216m
3.1 Early Coelurosaurs - Part 314m
3.2 Bird-Like Traits in Coelurosaurs21m
1 reading
Lesson 3 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Assessment (Graded)10m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Coelurosaurs II

3 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
4.2 Bird-Like Characteristics - Part 115m
4.2 Bird-Like Characteristics - Part 218m
1 reading
Lesson 4 Course Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Assessment (Graded)10m
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Top reviews from Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds

By MCMar 15th 2018

This course was great! It explains everything clearly, and it keeps you involved by asking questions about the material, and keeps you amused with some interesting anecdotes. Highly suggested by me!

By JCAug 22nd 2017

I loved this course. It was informative, easy to understand, and exciting. The lecturer's knowledge and passion shone through in the lectures, and the course notes were a great supplement too.

Instructor

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Philip John Currie, Ph.D

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

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