This week we will continue with dinosaurs, so please see the links and prose from last week. We will then explore the development of flying vertebrates, including pterosaurs and the evolution of birds (“avian dinosaurs”).
Your second test will be on Friday, November 3. Because I have a doctor’s appointment, there is NO review session on Wednesday, November 1. Instead our review session that week is on Thursday, November 2, 3:50 – 5:00 p.m. Here are the Spring 2017 second test answers for your study. Your test, of course, will be different. Those student answers are not optimum, just good enough for full credit. As with all sample tests, our current class has covered somewhat different material. Test seating: Students with last names starting with A through H in Room 216 (across the lobby); I-Z in Room 205 (our regular room). Test doors open at 7:50 a.m.; all tests due at 8:50 a.m.
Here is our Classification of the Phylum Chordata used in this course [updated October 29]. It is a list trimmed just for you. Yes, you do need to know all these names.
Geology in the News –
Geological processes on Mars! Check out how the annual freeze-thaw cycles on Mars produce changes in sand dunes. Mars is not nearly as dynamic as Earth when it comes to modern processes, but it was back in the day. No fossils on Mars, though. Yet.
Back on Earth, three scary new studies show that sea levels may be rising faster and higher than we thought. Hold off on buying that cute little cottage on the shore — a new shore is coming. (And I’d avoid moving to Miami.)
Here’s a good analysis in The New York Times on concepts of skin color, race and genetics. You know some of the basic principles here.