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Extinctions

Past and Present

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in science or environmental issues. No previous experience is required. While scientific names are used, to for example identify extinct life forms, knowing these is not required to follow the course. We do offer glossaries and explain terms as we go along so you will be able to follow the themes of the course. You can use the hashtag #FLextinctions to talk about this course on social media.Topics CoveredThe five past mass extinctions and their impact on life on earth What we know about the past from the fossil record The earliest forms of life From simple to complex life forms Extinction and radiation as drivers of change Likely causes of mass extinctions throughout earth’s history Current threats to biodiversity What we can do to reduce the risk of a ‘sixth extinction’


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University of Cape Town

Rating 4.9 based on 84 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Dec 3 (last week)
Cost $59
From University of Cape Town via FutureLearn
Instructors Janet Small, Andrew Deacon, Tasneem Jaffer, Michael Glover (Host), Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Germán Montoya Sanhueza, Nicole Withers, Peter Atkins
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags R Nature & Environment

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cape town in 7 reviews

Well done Cape Town and I will look for more of your courses.

As you would expect from a course based in Cape Town there is heavy emphasis on African fieldwork and studies, but for me, this added to the enjoyment.

easy to follow in 6 reviews

Excellent photographs, graphics and charts and nice clear explanations which this non-scientist found easy to follow.

The steps are easy to follow and there is plenty of extra material to use if you want a deeper understanding of any topic.

Very well presented, clear and interesting, easy to follow.

Easy to follow even if you have no previous experience, requires a lot of self-reflection about what we are doing to our planet.

The factual information was well presented and therefore seemed easy to follow.

Even though it was very easy to follow and didn't take a big time commitment, I learned so much!

university of cape in 5 reviews

Thank you very much Professor Anusuya, your colleagues, University of Cape Town and FutureLearn.

The course leaderAnusuya Chinsamy-Turan from the University of Cape Town has brought together brilliant minds covering many of the aspects which are stressing our planet and leading us towards the 6th exctinction.

All credit to Professor Chinsamy-Turan, the University of Cape Town, and to FutureLearn for the provision of this experience, I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Prof Chinsamy_Turan and other academics at the University of Cape Town have provided an interesting and stimulating course on the broad sweep of Earth history, mainly through video presentation, a good exposition of extinction event in the past and the current threat faced by the planet from the 6th extinction, well worth doing to understand this vital area.

I would like to say thank you to the University of Cape Town, to Course mentor, German Montoya, to host, Janet Small and to the expert contributors we met throughout the course., I would also like to say a very special thank you to Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan our course leader.

lead educator in 5 reviews

I love the lead educator's enthusiasm.

The lead educator is exceptional and she is supported by a whole panel of other specialists.

A stimulating course Incredibly stimulating and well-presented - the lead educator was really engaging and brought together a fantastic range of other academics and researchers.

Thoroughly enjoyed this course, the Lead Educator's enthusiasm and knowledge comes across strongly.

extinction event in 5 reviews

It is not highly time consuming and will leave you passionately driven to learn more about the issues surrounding the mass extinction events.

The subject matter could easily have been quite depressing, especially discussions around the current 6th extinction event, but the material was always presented with optimism for the future.

Learning about the different extinction events really gave me a different and more intriguing perspective of our life and history here on Earth.

life on earth in 4 reviews

It has taught me a lot about the distant past whilst also focussing my mind on big issues for the present and future of our species and life on earth.

), and what the consequences were for life on Earth.

The final week looked at the future of life on Earth and the current mass extinction (“The sixth extinction”) and was my personal favourite, as this is my field of interest.

Life on Earth in five weeks.

This course attempts to explain 3 billion years or so of life on Earth, covering evolution and extinction in 5 brief weeks.

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University of Cape Town

Rating 4.9 based on 84 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Dec 3 (last week)
Cost $59
From University of Cape Town via FutureLearn
Instructors Janet Small, Andrew Deacon, Tasneem Jaffer, Michael Glover (Host), Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Germán Montoya Sanhueza, Nicole Withers, Peter Atkins
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags R Nature & Environment

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