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Science & Nature

After the Dinosaurs: Beastly Bears

In this one time class, students will go over the evolution of Bears
Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne
748 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Meets once
8-13
year olds
1-12
learners per class
per learner

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Students will learn about the evolutionary journey of bears, and how they once dominated far flung places like Africa and South America.
I was trained in paleontology at the University of Alberta under paleontologist Philip J. Currie. I have worked in the education Department at the Smithsonian Natural History museum since 2019 and am still an educator there. I have been on several digs with paleontologist Paul Sereno and have been mentored by Paleontologist Thomas Holtz. I have also helped co-write paleo writer, Mark Witton, specifically on the vocalization of Cretaceous mammals, the rise of lepidopterans and non-aggressive potential relationships between Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. 
No homework will be assigned
Learner progressed will not be assessed, it's just bear talk.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
There will be visual showcasing of how bears take down their prey as opponents. Videos showing an ancient cave bear taking down cave lions, or bears killing prehistoric sloths will be shown. As this class is discussing ancient predators, it will be discussed how they killed their prey. If you feel your child will not be comfortable with this, do not sign up the student.
Abella, J., et al. “Una Nueva Especie De Agriarctos (Ailuropodinae, Ursidae, Carnivora) En La Localidad De Nombrevilla 2 (Zaragoza, España).” Estudios Geológicos, vol. 67, no. 2, 2011, p. 187., doi:10.3989/egeol.40714.182. 

Frick, Childs, and Joseph Rak. The Hemicyoninae ; and, an American Tertiary Bear. Published by Order of the Trustees, American Museum of Natural History, 1926. 

Ginsburg, Léonard, and Jorge Morales. “Les Hemicyoninae (Ursidae, Carnivora, Mammalia) Et Les Formes Apparentées Du Miocène Inférieur Et Moyen D'Europe Occidentale.” Annales De Paléontologie, vol. 84, no. 1, 1998, pp. 71–123., doi:10.1016/s0753-3969(98)80003-7. 

Hendey, Q. B. Agriotherium (Mammalia, Ursidae) from Langebaanweg, South Africa, and Relationships of the Genus. South African Museum, 1980. 

Herrero, Stephen. “Aspects of Evolution and Adaptation in American Black Bears (Ursus Americanus Pallas) and Brown and Grizzly Bears (U. Arctos Linné.) of North America.” Bears: Their Biology and Management, vol. 2, 1972, p. 221., doi:10.2307/3872586. 

Jiangzuo, Qigao, and John J. Flynn. “A New Species of Agriotherium from North America, and Implications for Understanding Transformations in the Metaconid-Entoconid Complex of Bears.” Journal of Mammalian Evolution, vol. 27, no. 4, 2019, pp. 775–787., doi:10.1007/s10914-019-09480-x. 

Jiangzuo, Qigao, and Nikolai Spassov. “A Late Turolian Giant Panda from Bulgaria and the Early Evolution and Dispersal of the Panda Lineage.” Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2022, doi:10.1080/02724634.2021.2054718. 

Kurtén Björn. The Evolution of the Polar Bear, Ursus Maritimus Phipps. Societas pro Fauna Et Flora Fennica, 1965. 

Matheus, Paul E. Locomotor Adaptations and Ecomorphology of Short-Faced Bears (Arctodus Simus) in Eastern Beringia. Yukon Palaeontologist, Gov't. of Yukon, 2003. 

Pilcher, Helen. Life Changing: How Humans Are Altering Life on Earth. Bloomsbury Sigma, 2021. 

Shultz, David. “Hybrid Animals like 'Grolar Bears' Not Expected to Be Common Consequence of Climate Change.” Science, 2015, doi:10.1126/science.aac8802. 

Sorkin, B. “Ecomorphology of the Giant Short-Faced BearsAgriotheriumandArctodus.” Historical Biology, vol. 18, no. 1, 2006, pp. 1–20., doi:10.1080/08912960500476366. 

“Ursavus.” Prehistoric Fauna - Extinct Animals Images - Reconstructions, prehistoric-fauna.com/Ursavus. 

Teacher

Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne
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Lives in the United States
Dumebi Browne MPA
748 total reviews
467 completed classes

About Me

1)I teach Classical Western Civilization History. Pre-colonial West African history with more specifics on pre-colonial Nigerian history and mythology. I also teach prehistory. 
2)I am a volunteer at the Natural History Museum. A tax professional,... 
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