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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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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




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
This is a comprehensive site with tutorials on fossils and dating methods from Palomar College.


The Origin of Species
This site is the online version of The Origin of Species, 6th edition.


The Fossil Record Section
The National Academy of Sciences Web site includes a report on "Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution."


UMCP Topical Index
This is a topical index of the University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's online exhibits.


Examples from the Fossil Record
This is the Web site of the University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Geology Wing.


Learning from the Fossil Record
The University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Web site provides an activity for students on island biogeography and evolution.


Zoom Dinosaurs at
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
The BBC site includes information on extinction theories, mass extinction, and bio-diversity.


All About Archaeopteryx
This is the Talk.Origins Archive site, listing archaeopteryx specimens, features, and variations.


Transitional Vertibrate Fossils: Why Do Gaps Exist?
The Talk.Origins site provides information, questions, and answers on transitional fossils.


Distribution of Placental and Marsupial Mammals
The Web site of the Scientific American examines the discovery of a tiny fossilized jawbone.


The Distribution of Species Section
The National Academy of Sciences report on "Evidence Supporting Biological Evolution" provides examples of biogeography's evidence for evolution.


Discovering Dinosaurs
Encyclopedia Britannica site on dinosaurs explores evolving conceptions of dinosaurs, and provides an activity guide.


Palaeontologia Electronica
This online publication and paleontology site provides articles, editorial, and links to other sites.


Evidence Supporting Continental Drift
This site provides information on continental drift and plate tectonics from NASA.


United States Geological Services
The USGS site includes an online book about continental drift, This Dynamic Earth.


University of British Columbia Web site
This site includes useful overheads on homologies and evolution.


New Evidence from Molecular Biology
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
The Access Excellence site provides an activity on molecular phylogenies using amino acid sequences to show evolutionary relationships.


The Tree of Life
This site describes phylogeny of organisms.


National Center for Biotechnology Information Web site
This Web site for the National Center for Biotechnology Information provides current information on genomes.



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.



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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