15:180 The World of the Dinosaurs [Greenwood]

The dinosaurs ruled the world for 150 million years, and yet birds are their only living descendants. We will explore dinosaur origins and evolution, and how they went extinct 66 million years ago. Dinosaurs shared the earth with many other life forms, including mammals, and witnessed the rise of the flowering plant. They lived on every continent and in every terrestrial environment, ranging in size from the gigantic sauropods to animals the size of a sparrow. We will explore their anatomy, diversity, paleobiology, and the world they inhabited.

Cross-registered with (Geology) 42:180.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Dr David Greenwood