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BIO 113 — Dinosaurs

Updated 12 December 2016

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 2017

Texts: D.E. Fastovsky & D.B. Weishampel, 2012. Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History, 2nd ed. Cambridge Univ. Press.
U.M. Savalli 2016. Dinosaurs: A Laboratory Manual. Available at ASU West Book Store.

The Instructor: Udo M. Savalli

Announcements & Upcoming

Tentative Lecture Schedule
(Fall 2016)

Week of:
August 18 —Course Introduction
23-26 —Scientific Method; History of Dino Exploration1, 14
Aug 30-Sep 1 —Fossils & Paleontological Techniques1-2
September 6-8 — Stratigraphy; Evolution2, 3
13-15 — Phylogenetic Trees & Classification3
20-22 —Exam 1, Sep 20
History of Earth; Plate Tectonics

27-29 —Vertebrate Skeleton; Reptile Diversity4, 13
October 4-6 —Dino Diets & Diversity: Armored Dinosaurs5
11-13 —Dino Sex Lives & Diversity: Horned Dinosaurs
No Class—Fall Break, Oct 11
18-20 —Dino Diversity: Duckbills; Parental Care
Exam 2, Oct 20
25-27 —Dino Diversity: Giant Long-necks; Gigantism8
November 1-3 —Dino Diversity: The Meat Eaters9-10
8-10 —Feathered Dinosaurs & Bird Origins
No Class—Veteran's Day, Nov 8
15-17 —Warm-blooded Dinosaurs & Dinosaur Ecology12, 13
22-24 —The Extinction of the Dinosaurs
No Class—Thanksgiving, Nov 24
Nov 29-Dec 1 —Exam 3, Nov 29
December 8 —Final Exam: 7:30 - 9:20

Lab Schedule
(Fall 2016)

Aug 26 —Lab Safety; History of Paleontologynone
Sep 2 —Introduction to Rocks & Fossils1, 2
Sep 9 —Estimating Age of Rocks3
Sep 16 —Evolution & Phylogenetic Methods4
Sep 23 or 24 —Fossil Hunting Trip5
Sep 30 —Variation & Diversity in Fossil Community5
Oct 7 —The Vertebrate Skeleton6, 7
Oct 14 —Diet and Teeth9
Oct 21 —Prehistoric Reptiles12
Oct 28 —Herbivorous Dinosaurs13, 14
Nov 4 —Theropod Dinosaurs15
Nov 18 —Estimating Mass of Dinosaurs
Self-guided tour of AZMNH due
10, 11
Dec 2 —The Origin of Birds16

Lab Info:

Lab 1—Lab Safety; History of Paleontology (Aug 26)

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

Lab 3—The Age of Rocks (Sep 9)

Lab 4—Phylogenetic Methods (Sep 16)

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

Lab 6—Diversity of an Ancient Community (Sep 30)

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

Lab 8—Diet and Teeth (Oct 14)
Mesozoic Plants Online Supplement
Dinosaur Diets Online Supplement
Dinosaur Skulls Online Supplement

Lab 9—Prehistoric Reptile Diversity (Oct 21)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Prehistoric Reptile Online Supplement

Lab 10—Herbivorous Dinosaurs (Oct 28)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Herbivorous Dinosaurs Online Supplement

Lab 11—Theropod Dinosaurs (Nov 4)
Carnivorous Dinosaurs Online Supplement

Self-guided Tour of AZNHM (complete on your own prior to Nov 18)

Lab 12—Estimating Dinosaur Mass (Nov 18)

Lab 13—The Origin of Birds (Dec 2)
Bird Origins Online Supplement

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General Handouts
Lecture Notes


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