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BIO 113 — Dinosaurs

Updated 11 December 2017

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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 2018

Texts: D.E. Fastovsky & D.B. Weishampel, 2016. Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History, 3rd ed. Cambridge Univ. Press.
U.M. Savalli 2017. Dinosaurs: A Laboratory Manual. Available at ASU West Book Store.

The Instructor: Udo M. Savalli

Announcements & Upcoming

Tentative Lecture Schedule
(Fall 2017)

Week of:
August 17 —Course Introduction
22-24 —Scientific Method; History of Dino Exploration1, 15
Aug 29-31 —Fossils & Paleontological Techniques1-2
September 5-7 — Stratigraphy; Evolution2, 3
12-14 — Phylogenetic Trees & Classification3
19-21 —Exam 1, Sep 19
History of Earth; Plate Tectonics

26-28 —Extinctions; Vertebrate Skeleton4, 16
October 3-5 —Vertebrate Relationships; Dinosaur Origins4, 5, 14
10-12 —Overview of Dinosaur Diversity
No Class—Fall Break, Oct 10
7, 9-12
17-19 —Dinosaur Diets and Defenses (Thyreophora)
Exam 2, Oct 19
6, (pp 228-36), 10
24-26 —Dino Sex Lives & Reproduction (Marginocephalia)11-12
Oct 31-Nov 2 —Dino Growth, Development, Metabolism12-13
November 7-9 —Giant Dinosaurs (Sauropodomorphs) 9
14-16 —Theropod Diversity9-10
21-23 —The Origin of Birds
No Class—Thanksgiving, Nov 23
Nov 28-30 —Exam 3, Nov 28
December 7 —Final Exam: 7:30 - 9:20

Lab Schedule
(Fall 2017)

Aug 25 —Lab Safety; History of Paleontologynone
Sep 1 —Introduction to Rocks & Fossils1, 2
Sep 8 —Estimating Age of Rocks3
Sep 15 —Evolution & Phylogenetic Methods4
Sep 22, 23 or 24 —Fossil Hunting Trip5
Sep 29 —Variation & Diversity in Fossil Community5
Oct 6 —The Vertebrate Skeleton6, 7
Oct 13 —Diet and Teeth9
Oct 20 —Prehistoric Reptiles12
Oct 27 —Herbivorous Dinosaurs13, 14
Nov 3 —Theropod Dinosaurs15
Nov 17 —Estimating Mass of Dinosaurs
Self-guided tour of AZMNH due
10, 11
Dec 1 —The Origin of Birds16

Lab Info:

Lab 1—Lab Safety; History of Paleontology (Aug 25)

Lab 2—Intro to Rocks & Fossils (Sep 1)
Rocks Online Supplement
Fossils Online Supplement
Lagerstätte Online Supplement

Lab 3—The Age of Rocks (Sep 8)

Lab 4—Phylogenetic Methods (Sep 15)

Lab 5—Field Trip (Friday, Sep 22, Saturday, Sep 23, or Sunday, Sep 24)

Lab 6—Diversity of an Ancient Community (Sep 29)

Lab 7—The Vertebrate Skeleton (Oct 6)
Skeletons Online Supplement
Skulls Online Supplement
Skin Online Supplement

Lab 8—Diet and Teeth (Oct 13)
Dinosaur Diets Online Supplement
Dinosaur Skulls Online Supplement
Optional: Mesozoic Plants Online Supplement

Lab 9—Prehistoric Reptile Diversity (Oct 20)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Prehistoric Reptile Online Supplement

Lab 10—Herbivorous Dinosaurs (Oct 27)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Herbivorous Dinosaurs Online Supplement

Lab 11—Theropod Dinosaurs (Nov 3)
Carnivorous Dinosaurs Online Supplement

Self-guided Tour of AZNHM (complete on your own prior to Nov 17)

Lab 12—Estimating Dinosaur Mass (Nov 17)

Lab 13—The Origin of Birds (Dec 1)
Bird Origins Online Supplement

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