Palaeontology is the study of extinct life. This inherently multidisciplinary science draws on information from many fields, notably including botany, zoology and geology, to decipher the secrets of the fossil record. In this course, scientists and graduate students studying palaeontology at the University of Alberta will present their exciting research on everything from prehistoric plants to long-deceased dinosaurs. The main emphasis will be on fossil vertebrates, and on how palaeontologists work in both the field and the lab to not only document and describe species from the geological past but also seek insights into their evolution, ecology, physiology and much more.
Corwin Sullivan is a vertebrate palaeontologist who has spent most of his career exploring the diversity, evolution and palaeobiology of dinosaurs and their relatives. His current research interests include the evolution of respiration on the line to modern birds, and the Cretaceous vertebrates of northern Alberta. Dr. Sullivan is the author or coauthor of many scientific papers, and the lead author of the book “From Fish to Human: The March of Vertebrate Life in China”.