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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 3

SESSION 3: What Is the Evidence for Evolution?

Resources for SESSION 3

Resources marked with an * are designed to help you teach this topic in your classroom.

Evolution Project Resources

Teacher's Guide

Unit 3: What Is the Evidence for Evolution?* (pdf)

Lessons for Students

Lesson 3: What Is the Evidence for Evolution?*

Videos for Students

 

How Do We Know Evolution Happens?*

 

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How Does Evolution Really Work?*

 

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Web Activities

 

Deep Time (Flash)

 

All in the Family (Flash)

Video Segments

 

Becoming a Fossil

 

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Radiometric Dating

 

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Permian-Triassic Extinction

 

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Whale Evolution

 

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Fish with Fingers

 

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The Cambrian Explosion

 

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Genetic Toolkit

 

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Common Pasts, Different Paths

 

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TV Series

 

Show 2: Great Transformations

 

Show 3: Extinction!

Other Library Resources

 

Biogeography

 

Adaptive Radiation: Mammalian Forelimbs (pdf)

 

Animal Body Plans: Homeobox Genes (pdf)

 

Relationships of Living Species: Calibrating Molecular Clocks (pdf)

 

Molecular Clocks: Proteins That Evolve at Different Rates (pdf)

 

Comparative Embryology: The Vertebrate Body (pdf)

 

Rise of the Mammals

Other Resources

External Web Links

 

The Record of Time
http://anthro.palomar.edu/time/default.htm
This is a comprehensive site with tutorials on fossils and dating methods from Palomar College.

 

The Origin of Species
http://www.literature.org/authors/darwin-charles/the-origin-of-species-6th-edition/
This site is the online version of The Origin of Species, 6th edition.

 

The Fossil Record Section
http://www.nap.edu/html/creationism/evidence.html
The National Academy of Sciences Web site includes a report on "Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution."

 

UMCP Topical Index
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/topic.html
This is a topical index of the University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's online exhibits.

 

Examples from the Fossil Record
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/navgeology.html
This is the Web site of the University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Geology Wing.

 

Learning from the Fossil Record
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/
The University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Web site provides an activity for students on island biogeography and evolution.

 

Zoom Dinosaurs at EnchantedLearning.com
http://www.ZoomDinosaurs.com/subjects/dinosaurs/
The Zoom site features useful information for students and teachers on fossils, including fossilization, dating of fossils, and fossils found on all the continents.

 

BBC Evolution Web site
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/darwin/exfiles/index.htm
The BBC site includes information on extinction theories, mass extinction, and bio-diversity.

 

All About Archaeopteryx
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/archaeopteryx/info.html
This is the Talk.Origins Archive site, listing archaeopteryx specimens, features, and variations.

 

Transitional Vertibrate Fossils: Why Do Gaps Exist?
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-transitional/part1a.html#gaps
The Talk.Origins site provides information, questions, and answers on transitional fossils.

 

Distribution of Placental and Marsupial Mammals
http://www.sciam.com/explorations/1998/012698fossil/index.html
The Web site of the Scientific American examines the discovery of a tiny fossilized jawbone.

 

The Distribution of Species Section
http://www.nap.edu/html/creationism/evidence.html#
The National Academy of Sciences report on "Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution" provides examples of biogeography's evidence for evolution.

 

Discovering Dinosaurs
http://www.dinosaurs.eb.com/dinosaurs/index2.html
Encyclopedia Britannica site on dinosaurs explores evolving conceptions of dinosaurs, and provides an activity guide.

 

Palaeontologia Electronica
http://www.omnh.ou.edu/paleo/toc_fm.htm
This online publication and paleontology site provides articles, editorial, and links to other sites.

 

Evidence Supporting Continental Drift
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/archive/pangaea/index.html
This site provides information on continental drift and plate tectonics from NASA.

 

United States Geological Services
http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html
The USGS site includes an online book about continental drift, This Dynamic Earth.

 

University of British Columbia Web site
http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~bio336/Bio336/Lectures/Lecture5/Overheads.html
This site includes useful overheads on homologies and evolution.

 

New Evidence from Molecular Biology
http://www.nap.edu/html/creationism/evidence.html
The National Academy of Sciences report on "Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution" provides information on molecular evidence for evolution.

 

National Health Museum's Access Excellence Web site
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEPC/WWC/1995/simulation_amino.html
The Access Excellence site provides an activity on molecular phylogenies using amino acid sequences to show evolutionary relationships.

 

The Tree of Life
http://phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/phylogeny.html
This site describes phylogeny of organisms.

 

National Center for Biotechnology Information Web site
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
This Web site for the National Center for Biotechnology Information provides current information on genomes.

Books

 

Berra, Tim. Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: A Basic Guide to Facts in the Evolution Debate. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1990.

 

Darwin, Charles. Voyage of the Beagle. New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1839 (reprint 1989).

 

Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species. New York City: The Modern Library, 1993.

 

Glen, William, ed. The Mass-Extinction Debates: How Science Works in a Crisis. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1994.

 

Jones, Steve. Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated. New York City: Random House, 2000.

 

Lewin, Roger. Patterns in Evolution: The New Molecular View. New York City: Scientific American Library, 1999.

 

Mayr, Ernst. The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982.

 

Miller, Ken. Finding Darwin's God. New York City: Cliff Street Books, 2000.

 

Moore, John. Science As a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.

 

National Research Council. National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996.

 

Strahler, Arthur N. Science and Earth History--The Evolution/Creation Controversy. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1999.

 

Strickberger, Monroe. Evolution. 3d ed. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2000.

 

Wade, Nicholas, ed. The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution. New York City: The Lyons Press, 1998.

 

Zihlman, Adrienne. The Human Evolution Coloring Book. 2d ed. New York City: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 2000.

Articles

 

DeRobertis, Eddy M., and Guillermo Oliver, and Christopher V. E. Wright "Homeobox Genes and the Vertebrate Body Plan." Scientific American (July 1990): 46-52.

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