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WINTER 2020 COURSE: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES/PALEONTOLOGY SERIES

Field-Based Paleontology in Pennsylvania and the Canadian Arctic

Professor Jason Downs

Dates: 8 Saturdays from January 25 – March 14, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to noon.

This course is co-sponsored by the Penn Museum, located at 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. The entrance for the course is at the east end of the building.

Course Description

This course will share research results from the last two decades of Philadelphia-based paleontological projects by Professor Jason Downs and his collaborators. The course will communicate the process of paleontology, from fieldwork and collection building to observations and descriptive writing to statistical analysis of quantitative paleontological data. The subjects of the projects covered will include Tiktaalik roseae and the vertebrate fin-to-limb transition, ancient armored aquatic vertebrates from tiny juveniles to a gigantic new species, and the origin and early evolution of the jawed vertebrate skeleton.

Course Schedule

1. January 25 - Introduction to the science

2. February 1 - Devonian Period sharks of Pennsylvania

3. February 8 - The vertebrate skeleton at the origin of jaws

4. February 15 - The internal head skeleton of Tiktaalik roseae

5. February 22 - Armored aquatic vertebrates, big and small

6. February 29 - Porolepiforms (lobe-finned vertebrates) of the Canadian Arctic

7. March 7 - Tristichopterids (lobe-finned vertebrates) of Pennsylvania and the Canadian Arctic

8. March 14 - Multiple species of Asterolepis at a single site?

Consider these books:

Your Inner Fish: A Journey jnto the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body. 2006. Neil Shubin. ISBN: 978-0307277459

Gaining Ground: The Origin and Evolution of Tetrapods, Second Edition. 2012. Jennifer Clack. ISBN: 978-0253356758

About the Professor

Dr. Jason Downs is Assistant Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University. He is also a Research Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the Vertebrate Paleontology Group, where he has done active research since 2006. He was one of the team members who discovered the Tiktaalik roseae, a specimen that shed new light on the vertebrate transition to land. Dr. Downs has been teaching for the Wagner since 2012.




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Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The adult lecture courses are offered on an introductory college level. They are open to anyone seeking an introduction to various areas of the sciences as well as those familiar with the subjects who wish to broaden and update their knowledge. The courses also provide an excellent opportunity for motivated junior high and high school students to supplement their current science courses and to help prepare them for further study in these fields at a college level. The courses are appropriate as well for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Free Library of Philadelphia webpage for the City Institute branch has information about public transportation and parking options. Located by Rittenhouse Square in Center City, the branch is close to many SEPTA routes. The classroom is on the basement floor of the library; there is no elevator to the basement.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Click the "Contact the Organizer" link, email corynw@wagnerfreeinstitute.org, or call (215) 763-6529 x24. (Extension 23 is the registration extension.)

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