BIOL 573 (Summer)

Vertebrate Palaeontology Field Course


Instructors:
H. Larsson
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4086 ext. 089457
hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca
Prerequisites:
BIOL 304, BIOL 352, or permission of instructor.
Content:
This course is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The primary objective for the course is to train students in collecting and analysis methods in vertebrate palaeontology. The course will be given at a selected Late Cretaceous (~70 million years old) locality in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan. There, fieldwork will be conducted for approximately 18 days. During that time, students will have practical training with fossil identification, mapping, collecting, and stratigraphic interpretation. An emphasis will be placed on terrestrial vertebrate fossils (i.e. dinosaurs, crocodiles, and other reptiles) and palaeocommunity analysis.
Readings:
Recent research articles and reviews. No textbook will be used.
Method:
Two-week field course in August.
Evaluation:
Based on results of an examination before the start of the course that tests understanding of preliminary readings, participation in field work, and discussions in the field.
Registration:

Students should contact Prof. Larsson no later than April 1 to sign up for the course (15 slots first come first served), and receive an instruction sheet. The course fee, approximately $1,000 but varying slightly from year to year, will cover all personal expenses such as room and board and museum entrance fees, but not tuition or transportation. A minimum of 6 students is required for the course to be offered. Further information appears on notices in the Redpath Museum in February/March and on the course web site that can be accessed from Prof. Larssons’s home page.

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Last update: March 22, 2017