A New History of Life
Mondays, October 7 to November 11
10:00 AM to Noon
Leader: Paul Hauge
This course is a course in paleontology. It traces some of the wanderings of our wider family, the biosphere, from its first appearance on Earth around 4 billion years ago through to the present day. This journey has been a fantastic one, with many interesting twists and turns along the way, many high points and more than a few crises. So far as we know, our planet is the only one having life.
Incredible Variety—The Cambrian Explosion
Window to a Lost World—The Burgess Shale
The Forgotten Fossils in Earth’s Story
Introduction to the Great Mass Extinctions
The Collapse of Earth’s First Eden
Making the Break for Land
Getting a Backbone—The Story of Vertebrates
The Evolution of Jaws
These Limbs Were Made for Walking?
Tiktaalik—The Search for a Fishapod
Carboniferous Giants and Coal
Amniotes—The Shape of Things to Come
Paul Hague is a retired geologist, who also had to study paleontology, and who loves to continue learning.