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.