GEOL 106

How to Make your Poster

Sample Poster

Details Instructions for Posters: What You Should Include 
Geologic Time Period

1 Information about the Geologic Time Period in which all of your animals lived (or the Geologic Era, if it lived in the Cenozoic)

  • Give the official name of the geologic time period (or era) and the dates that this era began and when it ended.
  • Include a map that shows the paleogeography (how the continents were arrange) when your main animal lived.  This map could be the same as the map you submitted in your Poster Outline #4 or it could be a full-color image from another source.

2 You must include at least one image of each animal that shows their reconstructed body shape or the shape of their skeleton/shell + their size. Include a short caption if your image that includes their scientific/genus name.  You can use an image copied from the web/ a print source as long as you properly acknowledge the source of the image, or you can earn extra credit by creating your own image (see extra credit instructions below)

Starring Animal

3 For your MAIN/STARRING ANIMAL you should include the following:

  • The name of the person who DESCRIBED the animal & date it was 1st described (Note: this may be different from who/when the animal was discovered)
  • Basic Biological Details including: Description of its Diet (= Carnivore, Omnivore, or Herbivore) & Habitat (Terrestrial, Aerial, Aquatic or Semi-aquatic/semi-terrestrial). 
  • Its Taxonomic classification = either 1: If your star/main animal is a Dinosaur, then you must say what its taxonomic subclass it belongs to (see instructions at the end of this handout). OR 2: If your star/main animal is not a dinosaur, then say which old-style “class” it belongs to (= fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, or mammal-like reptile)
  • THREE Other Interesting Facts about your main animal’s biology or its discovery. Important Note: Facts about how the animal appears in popular culture (ex. How Velociraptor looked Jurassic Park) will not count for credit here.
  • A map that shows the location(s) where your starring animal has been found you may use the map you submitted in Poster Outline #4
Co-Starring Animal

4 For your co-starring/second vertebrate, you should include:

  • The Name of the person who DESCRIBED the animal & the Date it was 1st described
  • Basic Biological Details including: Their Diet (Carnivore, Omnivore, or Herbivore) & Habitat (Terrestrial, Aerial, Aquatic or Semi-aquatic/semi-terrestrial)
  • Their Taxonomic classification = say which old-style taxonomic “class” the animal belongs to (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, or mammal-like reptile)
  • One Other Interesting Fact about your main animal’s biology or its discovery.
  • A Paleobiology Data Base map that shows the location(s) where it has been found.
Supporting Animal

5 For your supporting cast member/invertebrate fossil, you should include:

  • Basic Biological Details including: Their Diet (ex. Carnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore, or Filter Feeder) & Habitat (Terrestrial, Aerial, Aquatic or Semi-aquatic/semi-terrestrial)
  • Which Taxonomic PHYLUM the animal belongs to
  • Optional Extra Credit = Additional facts similar to the facts required for your other animals, including the name of the person who DESCRIBED this animal, the date it was described, and/or a map of its known locations.

6 You should include a Properly Formatted Bibliography including:

  • At least 4 NUMBERED references
  • Each reference should have a short description of what information it provided.
  • You also need to indicate which of your sources (must be a minimum of one) you found in the Holman Library collection (online or print). Include the permanent link to the source(s) from Holman Library in your printed bibliography.

See examples of formatting and descriptions on the following page. Your Poster Bibliography may be submitted in 2 places: On the poster and in a separate assignment on Canvas.  (Properly formatted extra references can earn up to 5 points extra credit (1/3 point per references)

Possible Ways to Earn up to 25 points Extra Credit:

You may also include additional information to earn up extra credit.  Ways to earn extra credit are mentioned in the above instructions and also include:

  • Include extra information extra images that explain more about your animal or write extra facts about one or more of your 3 animals.
  • Include an additional animal that was not listed in the instructions or outlines as off limits/reserved.
  • Include information about one of the paleontologist or a paleoartist who worked on one or more of your animals.
  • You can also earn extra credit by creating your own reconstruction of one or more of the animals you are presenting,  BUT you must submit a short separate report that includes: 1) an image of both your your work while it was in progress = not yet finished, 2) your finished work, and 2) a short statement about how you decided what the animal’s appearance would be.
Formatting of the Poster:
  • All text in your poster should be typed unless it is part of the artwork you email me to ask for and have received back special permission to write in information by hand.
  • All information on the poster must be written in your own words. Posters will not receive credit if they contain sentences directly copy from another source, unless that source if full references!
  • All images must have captions that contain a brief explanation of what the image shows AND references the source for the image (if you created the image, then you need to reference yourself)

File formats allowed:

You may use any file format that displays properly in Canvas.  See separate instructions for how to load embed and load large images. You should be able to use MS Word or PowerPoint, but if you have large images, may need to say your work as a PDF or JPEG file and upload it in that format. Do not wait until the last minute to submit as you may encounter problems uploading files at 1st.

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image 1 sample poster

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