Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Students present research from the Paleontology's Great Debates (BOT 1101) class

Were dinosaurs warm blooded or cold blooded?

Why did Carnotaurus have such wimpy arms?

What caused the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction?

What did our early human ancestors eat?

These topics and more were the focus of posters presented May 4, 2017 in the Geological Museum as the culmination of Botany 1101: Paleontology's Great Debates.

Over the course of a semester focused on finding, evaluating, and synthesizing scientific information, first year seminar students chose their favorite paleontological controversy, researched it, and designed a poster that presented multiple sides of the controversy, picked a side, and then proposed next research steps. Lively discussions were had around all posters.