Embark on a captivating journey through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth with the Emergence of Life course from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Explore the revolutionary work of Professor Carl Woese and gain insights into the emergence of life, the development of single- and multi-celled organisms, and the influence of Earth system processes on the Tree of Life. Uncover the reconnaissances of ancient primordial life, the evolution of the Tree of Life, and the oxygenation of the atmosphere.
Engage with captivating modules that cover geological time, the Tree of Life, fossilization, paleozoic and mesozoic life, and the search for life in the cosmos. Delve into topics such as the Cambrian Explosion, the reign of dinosaurs, the development of flight, and the rise of mammals and humans.
This course offers a comprehensive synthesis of the emergence of life, providing a prelude for the search for extraterrestrial life and expanding your understanding of the fascinating history of life on Earth.
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Embark on a captivating journey through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth. Explore geological time, the Tree of Life, paleozoic and mesozoic life, and the search for life in the cosmos.
Embark on a captivating journey through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth with the Emergence of Life course's orientation module. Gain insights into the scientific world view, philosophical benchmarks in science, the scale of time and space, and NASA's contributions to the study of life in the universe.
Delve into the geological time module and explore scientific inquiry, the structure of the solar system, the birth of Earth, and the factors contributing to the emergence of life.
Explore the Tree of Life and Early Earth Environments module to understand the scientific inquiry of Carl Woese, the revolution of the Tree of Life, and the evolution of life on Earth. Uncover the influence of early Earth environments on the emergence and development of life.
Dive into the Fossilization and Precambrian Life-Earth Interaction module to investigate fossilization, preservation modes, the Ediacaran fauna, and the interactions between life and Earth during the Precambrian period.
Discover Paleozoic Life After the Advent of Skeletons and explore the cycles of radiation and extinction, the Cambrian explosion, the evolution of jaws, and the development of heavily armored fish during the Paleozoic era.
Uncover the transition of plants, reptiles, and the development of flight during the Paleozoic era in the module Paleozoic Plants, Reptiles, and the Transition to Land. Explore the takeover of vascular plants, the rise of reptiles, and the evolutionary milestones in plant and reptile life.
Explore the Mesozoic Reign of the Dinosaurs and the Development of Flight module to understand the symbiosis as a survival strategy, the rise of diapsids, the evolution of flight, and the impact of Cretaceous warming on Earth.
Delve into the Cenozoic Mammals and Global Environmental Change module to uncover the rise of mammals, the sophistication of mammal skulls, and the evolutionary journey of early hominids.
Conclude your journey with the Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Cosmos module, exploring NASA's astrobiology roadmap, Mars exploration, and the implications of the course's synthesis on the search for life in the universe.
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