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Extinctions: Past, Present, & Future

Emory University via Coursera


This course introduces you to the five mass extinctions of the pre-human past, their causes and significance to the history of life on earth, and the current mass extinction happening during our time. We’ll also explore the history of paleontology and geological study and review the key players that influenced the science today.

Regardless of your familiarity with the topic, you'll get portable handouts, lively demonstrations, and quizzes that bridge and enhance your knowledge.


  • Introduction to Extinctions: Getting Started with the End
  • Human Awareness of Extinctions: A History
  • Mass Extinctions of the Pre-Human Past
  • Extinctions of Pre-History & Near-Present (Pleistocene Epoch & Late Holocene Epoch)
  • Extinctions Since European Colonization & Going into the Future

Taught by

Anthony J. Martin

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