DINOSAURS!

Spring 2017

GEOL 270X-001, 3 credits

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Instructor: Dr. Diana Boyer 

e-mail: boyerd@winthrop.edu                                   

Office Hours: Wed 1-3 and by appointment

Class meeting times: TR, 12:30-1:45; SIMS 202

 

 

 

Tentative schedule of topics*

Readings*

Assignments due*

Jan 10

Paleontology, dinosaurs and geology

Ch 1

 

Jan 12

Science and Geologic time

Ch 2

 

Jan 17

Climate

Ch 2

Climate evidence

Jan 19

Evolution and Cladistics

Ch 3

Climate paper

Jan 24

Dino Anatomy

Ch 3

 

Jan 26

Road to the dinosaurs

Ch 4,15

 

Jan 31

Early Dinosaurs, Intro to Ornithiciaan

p. 75-83

 

Feb 2

Thyreophora: Stegosaurs and Ankylosaurs

Ch 5

 

Feb 7

Marginocephalia-Pachycephalia

Ch 6

 

Feb 9

Marginocephalia-Triceratops & friends

Ch 6

 

Feb 14

Exam1

Chs 1-6

 

Feb 16

Ornithopods-duckbills

Ch 7

 

Feb 21

Sauropodamorpha-

Ch 8

 

Feb 23

More Long necks

Ch 8

 

Feb 28

Theropods-meaty and scary

Ch 9

 

March 2

More theropods and T rex

Ch 9

Beady eyes and steak knives

March 7

Can you out run a T rex?

 

Enter in trackway data

March 9

Theropods and feathers

Ch 10

 

March 13-17

Spring Break

 

 

March 21

Dinos are birds

Ch 11

 

March 23

Exam 2

Chs 7-11

 

March 28

Endothermy Ectothermy

Ch 12

Endo-ecto evidence

March 30

Other Mesozoic beasts

 

 

April 4

dino diversity

Ch 13

 

April 6

K-Pg Extinction

Ch 16

 

April 11

K-Pg Extinction

Ch 16

 

April 13

History of Dinosaur Paleontology

Ch 14

Dinosaur train assignment

April 18

Current events

 

Brontosaurus is back

April 20

Review

 

 

April 25

Reading day

 

 

April 27

Final Exam 11:30 am Thursday

Chs 1-16

 

*Schedule is subject to change