BIOL 352 (Winter)

Dinosaur Biology

H. Larsson
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4086 ext. 089457
3 credits (2-3-4)
BIOL 215 or ENVR 202 or EPSC 233 or permission of the instructor.

Using dinosaurs as exemplars, this course teaches aspects of comparative, functional, and developmental morphology, macroevolution, macroecology, and phylogenetic systematics. Lab dissections will explore vertebrate anatomy. Extensive collections and exhibits of the Redpath Museum will be used. The material is presented in seven major sections.

Part 1: Origins | Evolutionary origins of dinosaurs.
Part 2: Organs | Comparative and functional anatomy.
Part 3: Evolution & Ecology | Principles of phylogenetic systematics, biogeography, palaeomacroecology.
Part 4: Dinosaur diversity | A survey of all taxonomic groups of non-avian dinosaurs.
Part 5: Transitions | The origin of birds: ecology, biomechanics, and developmental biology.
Part 6: Bird diversity | A survey of all taxonomic groups of birds.
Part 7: Conclusions | Future directions in dinosaur research.


There is no textbook or course pack. Each lecture may be accompanied by readings available throughthe courses's myCourses site
Two one hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Mid-term exam, lab quizzes, presentations and a written project and final exam

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).
Last update: March 22, 2019