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Vertebrate Palaeontology


BIOL 573 - June 1 - 20, 2024

This course is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

The primary objective for the course is to train students in collecting and analysis methods in vertebrate palaeontology.

The course will be given at a selected Late Cretaceous (~70 million years old) locality in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan. There, fieldwork will be conducted for approximately 18 days. During that time, students will have practical training with fossil identification, mapping, collecting, and stratigraphic interpretation. An emphasis will be placed on terrestrial vertebrate fossils (i.e. dinosaurs, crocodiles, and other reptiles) and palaeocommunity analysis.


BIOL 304, BIOL 352, or permission of instructor.


Recent research articles and reviews. No textbook will be used.


Based on results of an examination before the start of the course that tests understanding of preliminary readings, participation in field work, and discussions in the field.


Students should contact hans.ce.larsson [at] (Professor Hans Larsson) no later than April 1 to sign up for the course (15 slots first come first served), and receive an instruction sheet.

The course fee for 2022 is $1,138.12. The cost, which varies slightly from year to year, will cover all personal expenses such as room and board and museum entrance fees, but not tuition nor transportation.

A minimum of 6 students is required for the course to be offered. Please contact susan.gabe [at] (Susan Gabe) for approval on Banner/Minerva

Further information appears on notices in the Redpath Museum in February/March.

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