Catalog Number: 1240
Number of Credits: 3
The study of dinosaurs is an inherently interdisciplinary science, incorporating a variety of elements from the fields of geology and biology. Through the lens of these disciplines we will tackle the traditional questions about dinosaurs: what are they? How did they evolve? How diverse were they? What are their evolutionary relationships? Why are they extinct? Additionally, we will explore relatively new questions that recent innovations have permitted answers to as never before: are birds really dinosaurs? How do you discern the gender of an extinct animal? What color were the dinosaurs? Living dinosaurs: science fiction or distinct possibility? Given the somewhat fantastic nature of these very real animals, the influence of dinosaurs on pop culture will be woven throughout the course.Offered occasionally. Lecture 3 hours.