Weekly posts for ESCI 100. See course notes and syllabus pages for outline, topics, requirements, and deadlines.
Monthly Archives: April 2019
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
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
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
Plants have been in this course for awhile as a leafy background to tetrapod evolution, but now it is time to take them seriously. The best place to start a general survey of our very distant green cousins is with … Continue reading