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How did life emerge on Earth? How have life and Earth co-evolved through geological time? Is life elsewhere in the universe? Take a look through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth through the lens of the modern Tree of Life! This course will evaluate the entire history of life on Earth within the context of our cutting-edge understanding of the Tree of Life. This includes the pioneering work of Professor Carl Woese on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus which revolutionized our understanding with a new "Tree of Life." Other themes include: -Reconnaissance of ancient primordial life before the first cell evolved -The entire ~4-billion-year development of single- and multi-celled life through the lens of the Tree of Life -The influence of Earth system processes (meteor impacts, volcanoes, ice sheets) on shaping and structuring the Tree of Life This synthesis emphasizes the universality of the emergence of life as a prelude for the search for extraterrestrial life....
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2 ч. на завершение

Orientation

In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor, your classmates, and our learning environment....
Reading
2 видео (всего 8 мин.), 8 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 1 тест
Video2 видео
Welcome to the Emergence of Life!5мин
Reading8 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Welcome to Emergence of Life!10мин
Syllabus10мин
Updating Your Profile10мин
Social Media10мин
About the Discussion Forums10мин
How Graded Discussions Work10мин
Discussion Rubric10мин
Paper Assignment Rubric10мин
Quiz1 практическое упражнение
Orientation Quiz10мин
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5 ч. на завершение

Week 1 - Geological Time and the Nature of Science

The week begins with a discussion of the historical and philosophical approaches that have been developed for the completion of scientific research, with the work of Professor Carl Woese evaluated as an example. The basic tools required for this type of scientific reasoning and the ability to overcome the challenging concepts of scale and complexity are then presented. Finally, we'll explore the dynamic formation of the Earth itself with respect to the environmental conditions present on the earliest and most ancient version of planet Earth....
Reading
9 видео (всего 71 мин.), 1 материал для самостоятельного изучения, 2 тестов
Video9 видео
1.2. Philosophical Benchmarks in Science10мин
1.3. Scientific Inquiry vs Scientific Method6мин
1.4. The Scale of Time and Space: Powers of Ten8мин
1.5. NASA’s Greeting Card to Aliens: The Golden Record11мин
1.6. Deep Geological Time4мин
1.7. The Structure of the Solar System7мин
1.8. Birth of the Earth7мин
1.9. The Perfect Storm: A Recipe for Life5мин
Reading1 материал для самостоятельного изучения
Week 1 Overview10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Week 1 Quiz Aмин
Week 1 Quiz B30мин

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Week 2 - The Tree of Life and Early Earth Environments

The advent of life on Earth came about as a result of a remarkable confluence of physical, chemical, and biological processes, all of which were intrinsically linked to rapidly changing early Earth environments. Within this context, cutting-edge approaches in molecular phylogeny by Professor Carl Woese revealed new understandings of the emergence of life and the possible distribution of life within the cosmos. All this and more will be explored in this week's lessons!...
Reading
10 видео (всего 75 мин.), 3 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 4 тестов
Video10 видео
2.2. The Place of Carl Woese in Evolutionary Biology8мин
2.3. Revolution of the Tree of Life7мин
2.4. Evolution of the Tree of Life6мин
2.5. How Did Life Emerge?5мин
2.6. The Genetic Code and Evolutionary Theory7мин
2.7. Throwing Rocks at Earth: The Martian Meteorite10мин
2.8. Microbial Mats and Stromatolites: Laying Down On the Job6мин
2.9. Oxygenation of the Atmosphere5мин
2.10. Snowball Earth; It Did Freeze Over!8мин
Reading3 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Week 2 Overview10мин
Who Was Carl Woese?10мин
Paper Assignment 1 Information10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Week 2 Quiz Aмин
Week 2 Quiz B30мин

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Week 3 - Fossilization and Precambrian Life-Earth Interaction

This week, you'll explore how scientists interpret ancient fossilized life, which yields remarkably detailed and complete reconstructions of the lifestyles of ancient organisms that have been deceased for hundreds, thousands, millions, and even billions of years. These reconstructions provide valuable information regarding the evolutionary success of organism morphology and lifestyle....
Reading
7 видео (всего 62 мин.), 1 материал для самостоятельного изучения, 3 тестов
Video7 видео
3.2. Ancient Forensic Science: Fossilization12мин
3.3. Getting Old and Well-Preserved: Modes of Preservation9мин
3.4. Our Spineless Friends: The Invertebrates6мин
3.5. Lifestyles of the Rich and Fossilized6мин
3.6. Trying to Make a Living: Fossil Feeding Modes6мин
3.7. The Great Experiment of the Ediacaran Fauna7мин
Reading1 материал для самостоятельного изучения
Week 3 Overview10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Week 3 Quiz Aмин
Week 3 Quiz B30мин

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9 ч. на завершение

Week 4 - Paleozoic Life After the Advent of Skeletons

This week, you'll learn more about the Cambrian Explosion, which led to the development of external hard skeleton components at 542 million years before present. The initial successes of the invertebrates were shortly followed by the appearance of vertebrates with internal skeletons. Life then utilized these newfound evolutionary capabilities, beginning distinct cycles of radiation, diversification, and extinction, which define the three great Eukarya faunas of the Phanerozoic....
Reading
10 видео (всего 96 мин.), 2 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 4 тестов
Video10 видео
4.2. Cambrian Explosion3мин
4.3. Cambrian Fauna: Origin of Vertebrates14мин
4.4. Burgess Shale Experiment5мин
4.5. Invertebrates: Successes of Life Without a Backbone18мин
4.6. Paleozoic Fauna12мин
4.7. Vertebrates: Successes of Life With a Backbone3мин
4.8. Evolution of Jaws and Perfecting Predation13мин
4.9. Heavily Armored Fish Without Jaws6мин
4.10. Fish Evolution: Hook, Line, and Sinker10мин
Reading2 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Week 4 Overview10мин
Paper Assignment 2 Information10мин
Quiz2 практического упражнения
Week 4 Quiz Aмин
Week 4 Quiz B30мин

Преподаватель

Bruce W. Fouke, Ph.D.

Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
Department of Geology, Department of Microbiology, and Institute for Genomic Biology

О University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty and alumni. Illinois serves the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and finding solutions to critical societal needs. ...

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