Paleontology: Opening Doors to Past Worlds
Dates: March 4 - April 8, 2021
Meets: Thurs. from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online Presentation
Enrollment requires a 2020 - 2021 OLLI at MSU Membership
|OLLI Member||$ 75.00|
Online PresentationThis is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.
We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.
Scott WilliamsScott Williams is the Paleontology Lab and Field Specialist at the Museum of the Rockies. He has 20 years of paleontological field experience. Beginning at the age of 13, Williams volunteered at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL and was eventually hired to build a fossil preparation lab. He later became the Director of Science and Exhibits at the Burpee Museum. He was involved in the discovery, excavation, preparation and research surrounding "Jane" the world's most complete juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex.
|03/04/2021||Thursday||6 PM to 8 PM||Online Presentation|
|03/11/2021||Thursday||6 PM to 8 PM||Online Presentation|
|03/18/2021||Thursday||6 PM to 8 PM||Online Presentation|
|03/25/2021||Thursday||6 PM to 8 PM||Online Presentation|
|04/01/2021||Thursday||6 PM to 8 PM||Online Presentation|
|04/08/2021||Thursday||6 PM to 8 PM||Online Presentation|
- Introduction to the history and science of paleontology.
- Learn what defines a fossil, the types of fossilization, where to find fossils and what to do when they are found (field work).
- What are dinosaurs? Are they reptiles or are they something else?
- The importance of Montana and surroundings states to dinosaur paleontology
- Emphasis on the Mesozoic Era (the Age of Dinosaurs): Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
- Learn scientific evidence that shows that birds are not just the descendants of dinosaurs but are avian dinosaurs.
- Dinosaurs in pop culture, including the science of "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic World."
- Learn how mammals replaced dinosaurs after a massive extinction event.
For information about refunds, cancellations, minimum enrollments and more, see the Course Administration and Procedures page.
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