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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EAPS 11500 - Dinosaurs

Credit Hours: 3.00. Dinosaur discovery, preservation, excavation, and extinction, and current research on the Mesozoic animals that dominated earth for 125 million years. Early 19th century discoveries illustrate how personalities and scientific-religious dogma influenced original reconstruction and classification. Concepts of geologic time, stratigraphy, continental drift, paleontology, and evolution trace a lineage from archosaurs to dinosaurs and the coeval flying and marine reptiles and birds. The Cope-Marsh feud and great dinosaur hunts. Dinosaur anatomy and lifestyles, with emphasis on climatic, food chain, and metabolic controls. Each major taxon is described and amply illustrated. Changing views of dinosaurs as depicted in films, TV, and fictional literature. Typically offered Fall Spring.