Dinosaurs with Feathers and Whales with Legs: Major Evolutionary Transitions in the Fossil Record


Focus on the fossil record of the differentiation of the major vertebrate groups. Study and critical evaluation of the paleontological and neontological evidence for four major macroevolutionary transitions in the history of life: fish to tetrapods, the reptile/mammal differentiation, the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, and the origin of whales. Stresses the importance of the fossil record in the reconstruction of transitions but also covers genetic, physiological, and developmental evidence gathered from living representatives. Prerequisite: Prior course work in Earth and Ocean Sciences or Biology or consent of instructor. Instructor: Glass
Curriculum Codes
  • STS
  • NS
Cross-Listed As
  • EOS 341