About this Course
Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites. Estimated workload: 3-5 hrs/week.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 12 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
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Subtitles: English, Italian, German, French

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 12 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Italian, German, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Appearance and Anatomy

This lesson covers the diversity in dinosaur appearances, and will be able to identify major features of the major groups of dinosaurs....
Reading
7 videos (Total 63 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Size4m
Skeleton12m
Saurischians7m
Ornithischians10m
Appearance13m
Muscles4m
Reading4 readings
Instructional Staff10m
Meet Your Presenter: Betsy Kruk10m
Course Glossary10m
Lesson 1 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Appearance and Anatomy10m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Death and Fossilization

This module describes how fossils form, how we interpret the taphonomy of skeletons and bonebeds, and looks at the possible biases taphonomic events may create in the fossil record....
Reading
3 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Fossilization8m
Field Work20m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 2 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Death and Fossilization10m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Eating

This module looks at the variety of food types, feeding habits, and feeding adaptations amongst the major groups of dinosaurs....
Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Teeth7m
Claws3m
Determining Diet11m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 3 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 310m

4

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Moving Around

This module helps students understand the general modes and styles of locomotion in the major dinosaur groups. It also describes general methods of evaluating hypotheses on locomotion....
Reading
4 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Limbs12m
Trackways4m
Metabolism 5m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 4 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 410m

5

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Birth, Growth and Reproduction

This module provides a generalized life history of a dinosaur, from birth through adulthood, including reproduction. The student will be able to describe major techniques of evaluating growth stages and rates in dinosaurs....
Reading
3 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Young Dinosaurs14m
Males & Females9m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 5 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 510m

6

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Attack and Defense

Examines the behaviours and structures that may have served for attack or defence through the lifetime of a dinosaur. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Offensive Adaptations15m
Intraspecific Interactions7m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 6 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 610m

7

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

What is a Species?

This module will teach the different ways of defining what a species is. Students will be able to compare the strengths and weaknesses of different species concepts for different situations....
Reading
3 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Holotype6m
Differentiating Species11m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 7 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 710m

8

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Evolution

This module will describe the basic theories of speciation, and discusses how how these different methods of speciation may have occurred, including both hypothetical and empirical examples....
Reading
3 videos (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Convergence9m
Birds9m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 8 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 810m

9

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Stratigraphy and Geologic Time

This method provides basic stratigraphic concepts and the scale of earth history. Students will understand the evolution of dinosaurs through time, including which groups evolved when and where. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Stratigraphy7m
The Age of Dinosaurs12m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 9 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 910m

10

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Paleogeography and Plate Tectonics

This module presents the basic concepts in plate tectonics and the evolution of the earth’s surface. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Continental Movement8m
Paleoclimates10m
Dinosaur Diversity32m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 10 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 1010m

11

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Dinosaur Origins

This module will look at the evolution of dinosaurs from non-dinosaurian archosaurs....
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Diapsids9m
Rise of the Dinosaurs6m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 11 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 1110m

12

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Dinosaur Extinction

The module will examine the end-Cretaceous extinction event, and provide examples of vertebrate groups that both persisted and died out during the event. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Causes of Extinction5m
Chicxulub Impactor12m
Resurrecting Dinosaurs6m
Reading1 readings
Lesson 12 Course Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 1210m
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Top Reviews

By JHApr 6th 2017

Thank you for this excellent course! I really enjoyed the short videos, the concise notes, and quick quizzes (both at the end of each lesson, as well as the main point quizzes throughout the videos).

By ODJun 6th 2017

I liked it very much. As a biologist I've never been taught about dinosaurs and their evolutionary lineage but thanks to this course I have now certain basis for it knowledge. Thank you very much :D

Instructor

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Philip John Currie, PhD

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Dinosaur Paleobiology

About University of Alberta

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