Sep 12th 2016

Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution (Coursera)

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Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of the origin of vertebrates. Students will explore the diversity of Palaeozoic lineages within a phylogenetic and evolutionary framework .This course examines the evolution of major vertebrate novelties including the origin of fins, jaws, and tetrapod limbs.

Students also explore key Canadian fossil localities, including the Burgess Shale (British Columbia), Miguasha (Quebec), and Man On The Hill (Northwest Territories).


Week 1: The Phanerozoic Begins

Week 2: Learning to Swim

Week 3: Learning to Bite

Week 4: Learning to Walk

This course is self-paced, with suggested deadlines to help you keep on track.