Theories of Dinosaur Extinction

Course Code: NATS 1540 A 3.0

Instructor's Name: Robert Levine

Course Description:

About 65 million years ago, dinosaurs, one of the most prominent species on Earth, vanished suddenly. This course will focus on attempting to introduce students first to the theories behind the creation of the solar system and first life on Earth, the concept of a major or mass species extinction event and the more prominent mass species extinction events that have occurred over geological time. It will then proceed to discuss the current theories used to explain the mass extinction of the dinosaurs which occurred at the end of the Cretaceous Period (145 to 65 Million years ago), including the evidence and objections relating to each, ending with a discussion of what many authorities consider to be the most current and ongoing mass extinction event which has coincided with the rise of humanity.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week and a one hour tutorial.

Course Credit Exclusions:

None

Mathematical Content:

Minimal simple arithmetical calculation at about the Grade 10 level.

Course Outlines:

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