An Online (Distance Education) Course offered by the University of British Columbia
Mesozoic Earth: Time of the Dinosaurs
One of the topic modules below is linked to a sample lesson. Students who register for this course can see all the lessons.
Module A. Earth and Time, The Basics
Module B. Key Events Preceding Life in the Mesozoic
|Lesson 4: Early Life|
Lesson 5: The Cambrian Explosion and Moving Onto Land
Lesson 6: Extinctions and the Permian Crisis
Module C. Mesozoic Earth, Life's Cradle
|Lesson 7: Mesozoic Tectonics|
Lesson 8: Mesozoic Oceans
Lesson 9: Mesozoic Climate
Module D. Mesozoic Life
|Lesson 12: The Rise of the Mesozoic Biosphere|
Lesson 13: Life in the Mesozoic Oceans
Lesson 14: Plants - The Mesozoic Garden
Lesson 15: Decoding Dinosaurs
Lesson 16: Life in the Mesozoic Skies
Lesson 17: Mesozoic Life in Western Canada
Lesson 18: The Collapse of the Mesozoic Biosphere
See samples of other Distance Ed courses offered by the UBC Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science Dept.
See learning goals and textbook info for this course.
The Great Angular Unconformity at the Grand Canyon. Horizontal
strata at the top of the photograph sit on top of tilted strata. Photo
from the U.S. Geological Survey.2) Early Cambrian Trilobite,
Olenellus fowleri fossil found in the Pioche Shale Formation,
Nevada, size 30 mm. The genus is restricted to the early Cambrian
(540-520 million years ago). Image courtesy of the Virtual Fossil
3) Seismicity and
Mountain Belts. Epicenters of earthquakes (red dots) overlain
over a relief map of North and South America.
4) Saurishchia "lizard-hipped" Dinosaurs. Tyrannosaurus. Figures from Wikipedia.
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