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BIO 113 — Dinosaurs

Updated 8 December 2018

Course Information

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Description: Principles of evolution, ecology, behavior, anatomy and physiology using dinosaurs and other extinct life as case studies. Geological processes and the fossil record. Day field trip on weekend required. Cannot be used for major credit in the biological sciences. General studies: SG.

Current Sections:
BIO 113-Dinosaurs in not being offered this semester; It will likely be offered again in Fall 2019

Texts: D.E. Fastovsky & D.B. Wishampel, 2016. Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History, 3rd ed. Cambridge Univ. Press.
U.M. Savalli 2018. Dinosaurs: A Laboratory Manual. Available at ASU West Book Store.

The Instructor: Udo M. Savalli

Announcements & Upcoming

Tentative Lecture Schedule
(Fall 2018)

Week of:
Chapters in Text:
August 17 —Course Introduction
21-23 —Scientific Method; History of Dino Exploration1, 15
28-30 —Fossils & Paleontological Techniques1
September 4-6 — Stratigraphy; Evolution2, 3
11-13 — Phylogenetic Trees & Classification3
18-20 —Exam 1, Sep 18
History of Earth; Plate Tectonics

25-27 —Extinctions; Vertebrate Skeleton4, 16
October 2-4 —Vertebrate Relationships; Dinosaur Origins4, 5, 14
9-11 —Overview of Dinosaur Diversity
No Class—Fall Break, Oct 9
7, 9-12
16-18 —Dinosaur Diets and Defenses
Exam 2, Oct 18
6, pp 228-36, 10
223-25 —Dino Sex Lives & Reproduction11, 12
Oct 30-Nov 1 —Dino Growth, Development, Metabolism12, 13
November 6-8 —Giant Dinosaurs9
13-15 —Ecology; Theropod Diversity9-10, 14
20-22 —The Origin of Birds
No Class—Thanksgiving, Nov 22
27-29 —Exam 3, Nov 27
December 6 —Final Exam: 7:30 - 9:20

Lab Schedule
(Fall 2018)

Aug 17 —Lab Safety; History of Paleontologynone
Aug 24 —Introduction to Rocks1
Aug 31 —Introduction to Fossils2
Sep 7 —Estimating Age of Rocks3
Sep 14 —Evolution & Phylogenetic Methods4
Sep 21 or 22 —Fossil Hunting Trip5
Sep 28 —Variation & Diversity in Fossil Community5
Oct 5 —The Vertebrate Skeleton6, 7
Oct 12 —Diet and Teeth9
Oct 19 —Prehistoric Reptiles12
Oct 26 —Dinosaur Origins; Theropods13, 15
Nov 2 —Herbivorous Dinosaurs13, 14
Nov 9 —Estimating Mass of Dinosaurs 10, 11
Nov 16 —The Origin of Birds16
Nov 30 —No Lab

Lab Info:

Lab 1—Lab Safety; History of Paleontology

Lab 2—Intro to Rocks (Aug 24)
Rocks Online Supplement

Lab 3—Intro to Fossils (Aug 31)
Fossils Online Supplement
Lagerstätte Online Supplement

Lab 4—The Age of Rocks (Sep 7)

Lab 5—Phylogenetic Methods (Sep 14)

Lab 6A—Field Trip (Friday, Sep 21 or Saturday, Sep 22)

Lab 6B—Diversity of an Ancient Community (Sep 28)

Lab 7—The Vertebrate Skeleton (Oct 5)
Skeletons Online Supplement
Skulls Online Supplement
Skin Online Supplement

Lab 8—Diet and Teeth (Oct 12)
Dinosaur Diets Online Supplement
Dinosaur Skulls Online Supplement
Optional: Mesozoic Plants Online Supplement

Lab 9—Prehistoric Reptile Diversity (Oct 19)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Prehistoric Reptile Diversity
Prehistoric Reptile Fossils

Lab 10—Dinsoaur Origins & Theropod Dinosaurs (Oct 26)
Dinosaur Origins
Theropod Dinosaur Diversity

Lab 11—Herbivorous Dinosaurs (Nov 2)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Herbivorous Dinosaur Diversity

Lab 12—Estimating Dinosaur Mass (Nov 9)

Lab 13—The Origin of Birds (Nov 16)
Bird Origins Online Supplement

Self-guided Tour of AZNHM (complete on your own prior to Nov 20)

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General Handouts
Lecture Notes


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