A non-credit version of the program is available through Coursera starting September 12th.
For UAlberta students:
Students can sign up for PALEO 202 for 1 credit in Bear Tracks.
Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of the origin of vertebrates.
Students will explore the diversity of Palaeozoic lineages within a phylogenetic and evolutionary framework. This course examines the evolution of major vertebrate novelties including the origin of fins, jaws, and tetrapod limbs.
Students also explore key Canadian fossil localities, including the Burgess Shale (British Columbia), Miguasha (Quebec), and Man On The Hill (Northwest Territories).
Paleontology: Early Vertebrates course preview video.
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Examine the origins of vertebrates in the fossil record.
Explore the evolution of fins and flukes in the early “jawless fishes.”
Examine the evolution of vertebrate teeth and jaws.
Examine the evolutionary changes accompanying the transition from aquatic to terrestrial habitats in vertebrates.
3-5 hours per week
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