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Dino 101 Completed

I’ve finished my second Coursera course!  Dino 101 was offered by the University of Alberta, which I attended for my first year of university.  Dr. Philip Currie is one of the instructors, and he is one of the top dinosaur palaeontologists in the world.

This course doesn’t actually end for another two weeks, but I completed it ahead of time, as we’re allowed to go at our own pace.  I found this course quite informative, even though it was an introductory course to palaeontology.  I knew a lot of what was taught, but I did find out plenty of new things, too.

I sometimes wonder what it would’ve been like to study palaeontology at university instead of physics and astronomy.  I nearly did.  I found my geology courses at the U of A fascinating.  Makes me miss university.

Anyway, I have another course starting in a couple days on Future Learn, and that’s called Moons.  I’m looking forward to it.

Studying Is Starting!

I mentioned before that I’ll be studying some courses through Coursera, a free online university course website.  Well, I added one more.  This one is Dino 101, which is a course about dinosaur palaeobiology offered at the University of Alberta (I went there for my first year of university) and taught by Philip Currie, who is one of the top palaeontologists in the world.

For this course, I will mainly be watching the lecture videos, though I am unlikely to do all of the coursework.  It’s a 12 week course, and I’m more interested in viewing the information, rather than doing all of the work.  Not to mention, I don’t have the time to do everything.  I’m really looking forward to it, though.

A dinosaur museum near my hometown? Great!

Near my hometown of Beaverlodge in Alberta, Canada, there’s going to be a new dinosaur museum opening in July.  Pipestone Creek has been the location of numerous Pachyrhinosaurus discoveries near Grande Prairie, Alberta.  It’s finally getting its own museum!

The museum will be called the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, named after the famous palaeontologist, Philip Currie.  Currie helped found the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, which is one of the hottest dinosaur fossil regions in the world.  The Royal Tyrrell Museum is one of my favourite museums, and it has the best dinosaur fossil collection I’ve ever seen.

Oh yeah, Philip Currie just received a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.  Great honour for a great scientist!