SEMESTER SCHEDULE FOR
AND THEIR RELATIVES (PDF)
|August 21|| Overview of lecture and laboratory material for the semester; course requirements; introduction of AIs.
Assignment: Preface; Chapters 1 and 15 NO LAB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
|August 23||Course themes and semester threads; geologic time; fossilization. Assignment: Textbook Chapter 2|
|August28||Dino Autopsy – how dinosaurs lived, looked and moved (DVD)
LAB 1: When Dinosaurs Roamed America (DVD)
|August 30||Dinosaur groupings based on pelvic structure
Assignment: Chapter 4, Pages 91-93, 105-107, 196-197, 228-230.
|September 4||Classification and evolution- from small invertebrates to large vertebrates such as the dinosaurs
Assignment: Chapter 3 and 4 LAB 2: Rocks, Fossil Preservation, and Relative Geologic Time (specimens)
|September 6||Characteristics of vertebrates, and a bit on a predatory bite.
Assignment: Chapters 3 and 4
|September 11||Evolution of Fish - how did the earliest fish bite? Assignment: review lecture notes
LAB 3: Dinosaur skeletons and taphonomy (skeletons on paper)
|September 13||Focus on fish forms and finish our foray into fossils of fish.
Assignment: review lecture notes
|September 18||Evolution of amphibians: oldest, modern, and structural changes in
the history of the group.
Assignment: review lecture notes LAB 4: Your inner fish (DVD)
|September 20||Amphibians to reptiles: - a major break from water for the amniotes.
Assignment: review lecture notes
|September 25||Major amniote groups, including the group to which dinosaurs belong; cladogram exercises
LAB 5: Dinosaurs Decoded (DVD)
|September 27||Exam 1|
|October 2||Herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs - feeding habits of the big beasts
Assignment: Chapters 6 and 9, and pages 228-236, 278-284, 306-310. LAB 6: Dinosaur feeding requirements (calculations and specimens)
|October 4||Herbivory and carnivory, continued
Assignment: Chapters 6 and 9, and pages 228-236, 278-284, 306-310
|October 9||Dinosaur thermoregulation, from babies to the biggest of beasts
Assignment: Chapter 13. LAB 7 Dinosaur physiology: cold, warm, neither, or both? (… and your original thoughts)
|October 11||Dinosaur social behavior – who made music and who rammed heads? Dinosaur eggs and nests and investment in parental care
Assignment: Relevant parts of Chapters 10, 11 and 12, and as guided by lecture information and slides
|October 16||The time the dinosaurs roamed the land - what did the land look like so long ago?
Assignment: Chapter 2 revisited LAB 8: A scientific study of dinosaur footprints (calculations)
|October 18||Biological evolution of dinosaur groups - putting it all together.|
|October 23||Dinosaur body and trace fossils: in-class exercise
LAB 9: Ancient and Modern Plants I: GREENHOUSE TOUR. Meet in Jordan Hall at location designated by your AI.
|October 25||Earliest evolution of plants - when did food for the herbivorous dinosaurs evolve?
Assignment: Chapter 14
|October 30||Evolution of more plant food for the HUGE dinosaurs, or, in scientific jargon: Evolutionary history of vascular land plants
Assignment: Chapter 14 and review notes LAB 10: Ancient and Modern Plants II: Evolutionary History (specimens)
|November 1||The age of the flowering plants: using plants as environmental indicators|
|November 8|| Exam 2 Comprehensive from the beginning of the semester
Lab 11: When crocs ate dinosaurs. DVD
|November 8||Characteristics and success of birds
Assignment: Chapter 5, p. 98-103, Chapters 7 and 8
|November 13||Feathered reptiles and the origin of flight.
Assignment: Chapter 5, p. 98-103, Chapters 7 and 8 LAB 12: Evolutionary modifications of birds after Archaeopteryx (specimens) Meet Jordan Hall: CHECK WITH LAB INSTRUCTOR FOR LOCATION
|November 15||Origin of Birds|
|November 20-22||Thanksgiving Break|
|November 27||What is a dinosaur? Reptiles that are not dinosaurs: are they still around today?
Assignment: Chapter 5, pages 83-96 Lab 13: Lab summary essays. Bring textbook and all lecture and lab materials to lab.
|November 29||Bizarre Dinosaurs: how did these crazy forms function?!? (DVD)|
|December 4||The Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction: A giant meteorite impact, and more….
Assignment: Chapter 16 NO LAB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
|December 6||Raising the Dinosaur Giant|
|Tuesday, December 11, 2017||FINAL EXAM
12:30-2:30 p.m., Geology Room 126 (normal lecture room) Final Lecture Exam is comprehensive