Dinosaur Excavation and Taphonomic Research Project

        Course Materials

Dinosaur Project Undergraduate Credit Graduate Credit    

I shall collect plants and fossils, and with the best of instruments make astronomic observations. Yet this is not the main purpose of my journey. I shall endeavor to find out how nature's forces act upon one another, and in what manner the geographic environment exerts its influence on animals and plants. In short, I must find out about the harmony in nature.
Baron Alexander von Humboldt

Course Materials

  first class

GEOL 240 - The Dinosaurs (4 hours)
Prerequisite: GEOL 112 or permission of instructor.
A field course covering the taxonomic relationships, environment and fossil record of the dinosaurs.  Includes extensive training in field methods of vertebrate paleontology and participation in the dinosaur research project.  Taught for four weeks in Wyoming.  Field fee covering the cost of transportation, room, and board.  3 lec 1 lab (Summer)
The Bulletin 2017-2018 Southwestern Adventist University

EDSC 545 - Dinosaurs for Teachers (4 hours)
This class is designed for teachers who need science credit for an advanced degree in education.  Content covered include developing a working knowledge of geology, consideration of all of the major dinosaur groups, detailed understanding of the Upper Cretaceous fauna of the Lance Formation, issues in each science and origins, and acquiring "hands-on" experience in how science works.  Lab work will include learning excavation techniques for fossils, and excavating dinosaur bones from quarry sites, and contributing to the on-going scientific investigation of the taphonomy of dinosaurs.  The class is taught in Wyoming during the month of June.  2 Lecture, 2 Lab.
The Graduate Bulletin 2017-2018 Southwestern Adventist University

GEOL 240 syllabus  (2015)  [pdf] 76KB lecture schedule  (2015)  [pdf] 57KB

quarry rules

handling of bones

field note book

dinosaur classification

text table of contents


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