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This series of lectures failed to hold my interest when I began it, but I'm not sure if that was the fault of the material or of my concentration. When I picked it up again earlier this week, I found myself fascinated by the information, first on what paleontologists actually do, and then the timeline of the history of life on earth.
Don't look for a professional narrator here; Dr. Martz is a pretty typical lecturer with a lot of the essential flaws of one. He sometimes speaks quite fast, sometimes gives us asides that pull us out of the narrative thread, but nothing he does is so distracting that it took away from the course material.
A lot of people have complained about how basic the information is, and that's true, but at a grand total of four hours and eight lectures, how could it be anything other than a basic course? I found it interesting enough that I'd like to explore more about the subject, and to me that's a strong recommendation. If you want more than a good overview of the subject you'll have to look elsewhere.
Bottom line here is that I learned a lot, and got a good sense of the discipline of paleontology, and the awesome progress of the evolution of life on earth.
Learned some new stuff! Also got a great refresher on info I’d learned in the past.