GEOSCI 150 - Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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One of the most dramatic developments in the sciences is the suggestion that a meteorite impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. This controversial idea is one of many that will be addressed in this course, which deals broadly with the evolution and extinction of life on Earth. After an overview of the history of life, we will examine high-profile debates on whether major evolutionary events and mass extinctions occur gradually or catastrophically, whether dinosaurs are really extinct, and other topics.

Three books are required:

Title: On the Origin of Species
Author: Darwin, Charles
ISBN: 0140432051

Title: Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?
Author: Raup, David
ISBN: 0393309274

Title: The Meaning of Fossils
Author: Rudwick, Martin
ISBN: 0226731030

GEOSCI 150 - Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: First Year Seminar. Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register.
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ISBN: 9780226731032
The meaning of fossils : episodes in the history of palaeontology, Author: Martin J.S. Rudwick., Publisher: University of Chicago Press University 1985
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0393309274
Extinction : bad genes or bad luck?, Author: David M. Raup., Publisher: W.W. Norton 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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