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Short Description: I will teach about the role of dinosaurs in two core Triassic ecosystems (the Chinle and Ischigualasto formations) they inhabited before their rise to global prominence. Using the ecological roles and diversity of the dinosaurs in these ecosystems, I will challenge the idea that their rise was inevitable, using pre-history to contest broader fatalistic ideas of history.

Longer Description: Talk to anyone about dinosaurs in the United States, and a few key names pop up. You’ve got your Tyrannosaurus rexes, your Triceratops, Velociraptors, maybe even a Brachiosaurus or two, but you don’t often hear the name of Coelophysis or Plateosaurus. These dinosaurs aren’t as mean or as big as the ones that came after them, but that doesn’t diminish their supreme importance in appreciating the development of dinosaurs. They are especially vital in realizing that the meteoric rise of dinosaurs was not predetermined, nor was it the case that their prehistoric compatriots were backward, or doomed to the past. Instead, this course will explore two core Triassic ecosystems that dinosaurs inhabited before their apex, and show how dinosaurs grew their success from the catastrophic Triassic–Jurassic extinction. In the process, I will highlight the fact that dinosaurs existed with, and in some cases were less dominant than, a litany of primitive pals. Through re-examining prehistory and questioning the inevitability of dinosaur supremacy, this course will utilize the Triassic to contest fatalistic ideas of history, or in this case, prehistory.

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73008756843?pwd=bYAdaaRNDpEUMtHw6dtkgcw1lEfLDL.1

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Instructor: Alton Krueger

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