Paleontology 101 – Class 1/6

9 Jun

So I attended the first class of the Paleontology 101 course offered at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I’m really excited that we live in a place where a course like this is offered, and I’m going to try to complete all the courses required for the Paleontology Certification. I’m going to write-up my class notes as a series of blog posts. I’m not going to post any of the instructor’s material, as you should just take the course if you’re interested.

The course is taught by Dr. Louis “Lou” Taylor and he seems like a really great instructor based on the one class I’ve attended so far. It’s pretty obvious he really enjoys his profession and it’s nice to be dealing with an instructor that’s passionate about his field.

Recommended Reading (Optional)

The Paleontology Certification

There’s plenty of information on the DMNS page, but here’s a quick overview of the courses:

Required Courses

  • Paleontology 101
  • Reading Colorado: Introduction to Geology

Electives (5 required)

  • Curation of Fossils
  • Evolution
  • Paleontology of the Western Interior
  • Osteology
  • Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleobotany
  • Lab Methods in Paleontology
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Field Methods in Paleontology

Class Notes

Other recommended groups that were recommended to further your education

People to look up

  • Peter Larson (paleontologist) – three triceratops discovered found recently near New Castle, WY.

Places to look up

  • Liaoning Province, China – all the feathered dinosaurs

The first specimen of the dinosaur Stegosaurus was found near Morrison, CO (in the area called Dinosaur Ridge) by Arthur Lakes in
1877. It’s the state fossil of Colorado.

New species to lookup

  • Tiktallik roseae – transitional fossil
  • Titanoboa cerrejonensis – titanic boa

Other Notes

Is there an /r/paleontology on Reddit? Turns out, there is a subcategory for it already.


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