Monthly Archives: April 2019

Eyes, brains and thumbs: the wonders of primate evolution (April 29 – May 3)

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 (April 22 & 24)

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 Again: The Cretaceous Mass Extinctions (April 15-19)

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 (April 8-12)

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

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