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BIO 113 — Dinosaurs

Updated 18 August 2018

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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:
Lecture: TTh 9:00-10:55, CLCC L1-99
Lab: Fri 10:30-1:15, CLCC 385
Lab: Fri 2:00-4:45, CLCC 385

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

  • Sep 18 — Lecture Exam 1
  • Sep 21,22 — Fossil Collecting Field Trip
  • Oct 9 — Fall Break — No Class
  • Oct 18 — Lecture Exam 2
  • Oct 31 — Last day to withdraw
  • Nov 22-23 — Thanksgiving — No Class
  • Nov 27 — Lecture Exam 3
  • Dec 6 — Final Exam: 7:30-9:20 pm


Tentative Lecture Schedule
(Fall 2018 — revised Aug 18)

Week of:
Topic:
Pages 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

2
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
7-8
27-29 —Exam 3, Nov 27
December 6 —Final Exam: 7:30 - 9:20


Lab Schedule
(Fall 2018)

Date:
Topic:
Exercises:
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 (Video due Aug 24)
Video Worksheet: Dinosaur Secrets Revealed acrobat New!
Video available on YouTube


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


Lab 7—Diversity of an Ancient Community (Sep 28)


Lab 8—The Vertebrate Skeleton (Oct 5)
Skeletons Online Supplement
Skulls Online Supplement
Skin Online Supplement


Lab 9—Diet and Teeth (Oct 12)
Dinosaur Diets Online Supplement
Dinosaur Skulls Online Supplement
Optional: Mesozoic Plants Online Supplement


Lab 10—Prehistoric Reptile Diversity (Oct 19)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Prehistoric Reptile Diversity


Lab 11—Dinsoaur Origins & Theropod Dinosaurs (Oct 26)
Dinosaur Origins
Theropod Dinosaur Diversity


Lab 12—Herbivorous Dinosaurs (Nov 2)
Reptile Phylogeny Overview
Herbivorous Dinosaur Diversity


Lab 13—Estimating Dinosaur Mass (Nov 9)


Lab 14—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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