Monthly Archives: November 2018

Eyes, brains and thumbs: the wonders of primate evolution (December 3 – 7)

During our last week we will concentrate on primate and specifically human evolution. We look closely at our own lineage not just because it is of immediate interest to us, but also so we can directly apply concepts of evolutionary … Continue reading

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Our Cenozoic Mammalian Cousins (continued) (November 26 – 30)

Please review the links from last week as we continue discussing the Mammalian Radiation in the Cenozoic. One of the interesting questions in the history of Earth’s climate is why the planet began a precipitous cool-down in the middle Eocene, … Continue reading

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Our Cenozoic Mammalian Cousins (November 19)

We had our introduction to mammals back in the Triassic. They were ratty little critters then, but now that the non-avian dinosaurs are gone our mammals have become very serious and prolific. So many mammal groups appeared in the early … Continue reading

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Catastrophe: The Cretaceous Mass Extinctions (November 12-16)

The story of the Cretaceous Mass Extinctions is amazing. The “Impact Hypothesis” was developed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980 when I was there as a graduate student (to my great fortune, even if I had nothing to … Continue reading

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The Greening of the Earth: Evolution of Plants (November 9)

Remember: No classes on Monday and Wednesday this week. I’m in Indianapolis with a large contingent of Wooster Earth Scientists at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. I’ll be giving this talk on Wednesday afternoon. Wish me … Continue reading

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