The Age of Dinosaurs

The Age of Dinosaurs


**This is a 6-week course. Your registration fee includes 1 class per week for 6 weeks**

[Fall Quarter / Term I] 9/9/19 – 10/20/19
[Wednesdays] 5:30PM – 7:30PM

The Mesozoic, or “Age of Dinosaurs”, was a fascinating span of 184 million years that was critical in determining how our present world came to be. This course will explore fundamental biological principles through the context of life in the Mesozoic, focused on the lives, evolution, and ecology of dinosaurs. We will also discuss some of the greatest revolutions in Earth’s history: the origins of mammals, the origins of flowering plants, and the origin of birds. You will learn how lessons from geology, genetics, anatomy, biomechanics, and developmental biology are combined to inform modern paleontology. You do not need any pre-requisite knowledge for the course, but please bring ample imagination and enthusiasm, as we imagine the lives of some of the greatest creatures to ever walk the Earth.

Materials Fee: Students are requested to purchase the book The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs before class.


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Teacher Bio: Dr. Michael Habib

Dr. Michael Habib is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California and a Research Associate in both the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He is a paleontologist exploring the relationships between animal structure and motioning, using a combination of comparative anatomy, art, and engineering. His work was featured as one of the top 100 science discoveries of 2009 by Discover Magazine, and in 2014, Popular Science recognized Dr. Habib as one of their Brilliant Ten. Dr. Habib has authored numerous scientific papers, appeared in a diverse array of television specials, worked as a scientific editor for National Geographic Magazine, and written for The Conversation UK, Scientific American, and Universe Today. His current book, Flying Monsters: Illustrating Flying Vertebrates, illustrated by internationally regarded creature artist Terryl Whitlatch, will be published in 2020 by Design Studio Press.

Venue: The Stalking Horse
10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Event Details

Day 1: September 11, 2019

Day 2: September 18, 2019

Day 3: September 25, 2019

Day 4: October 02, 2019

Day 5: October 09, 2019

Day 6: October 16, 2019

Start time: 05:30 p.m.

End time: 07:30 p.m.

Venue: The Stalking Horse