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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 4

SESSION 4: What Are the Processes for Evolution?

Resources for SESSION 4

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

Evolution Project Resources

Teacher's Guide

Unit 4: How Does Evolution Work?* (pdf)

Lessons for Students

Lesson 4: How Does Evolution Work?*

Videos for Students

 

How Does Evolution Really Work?*

 

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Web Activities

 

Life's Grand Design

 

The Advantage of Sex

 

Sex and the Single Guppy (Flash)

 

An Origin of Species (Flash)

 

Coral Reef Connections (Flash)

Video Segments

 

Evolution of the Eye

 

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Genetic Toolkit

 

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Evolution of Camouflage

 

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A Mutation Story

 

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Red Queen

 

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Tale of the Peacock

 

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Hummingbird Species in the Transitional Zone

 

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Ancient Farmers of the Amazon

 

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TV Series

 

Show 2: Great Transformations

 

Show 4: Evolutionary Arms Race

 

Show 5: Why Sex?

Other Library Resources

 

Walter Gehring: Master Control Genes and the Evolution of the Eye

 

Mimicry: The Orchid and the Bee

 

How the Woodpecker Avoids a Headache

 

Evolution of the Dog

 

Corn Oil Graph

 

Genetic Drift and the Founder Effect

 

Isolating Mechanisms (Flash)

 

Natural Selection in Real Time

 

Grants' Finch Study

 

Convergence: Marsupials and Placentals (pdf)

 

Convergent Evolution

 

E. O. Wilson: The World of Microbes:

 

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Other Resources

External Web Links

 

Lund Vision Group Web site
http://www.biol.lu.se/funkmorf/vision/design.html
Interesting Web site that links to current research on eye evolution.

 

Creation/Evolution Web site
http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~lindsay/creation/eye.html
Presents creationist argument and scientists' answers about evolution of the eye.

 

Planet Ocean: Blue Whale
http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/planetocean/bluewhale.html
Discovery School Web site students about the adaptations of blue whales.

 

Contrivances: Orchids and the Panda's Thumb
http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/lessons/contriv.html
Includes a mini-lesson on adaptations, imperfections, and contrivances.

 

Mutation
http://anthro.palomar.edu/synthetic/synth_4.htm
Palomar College tutorial on mutations and synthetic theory.

 

Natural Selection
http://anthro.palomar.edu/synthetic/synth_7.htm
Palomar College tutorial on the heredity of sickle cell anemia.

 

Recombination
http://anthro.palomar.edu/synthetic/synth_3.htm
Palomar College tutorial on recombination and synthetic theory.

 

Small Population Effects
http://anthro.palomar.edu/synthetic/synth_5.htm
Palomar College tutorial on small population effects and synthetic theory.

 

Talk.Origins Archive
http://www.talkorigins.org
The Talk.Origins Archive of the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins.

 

Are Mutations Harmful?
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/mutations.html
Questions, answers, and links to articles on evolution and mutations.

 

University College London Department of Biology Web site
http://abacus.gene.ucl.ac.uk/jim/Sp/isolmech.html
Explanation of reproductive isolation and isolating mechanisms.

 

Studying Living Organisms
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEPC/WWC/1995/australia.html
Australian mammals and speciation activity.

 

Island Biogeography and Evolution: Solving a Phylogenetic Puzzle with Molecular Genetics
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEPC/WWC/1995/simulation_island.html
Activity on island biogeography and evolution.

 

Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes
http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/evol.fs.html
Lessons on evolution.

Books

 

Benz, Richard. Ecology and Evolution: Islands of Change. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, 2000.

 

Boyd, Robert, and Joan Silk. How Humans Evolved. 2d ed. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2000.

 

Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1996.

 

Dawkins, Richard. Climbing Mount Improbable. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1996.

 

Forsyth, Adrian. A Natural History of Sex: The Ecology and Evolution of Mating Behavior. Shelburne, VT: Chapters Publishing Ltd., 1993.

 

Freeman, Scott, and Jon Herron. Evolutionary Analysis. 2d ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

 

Futuyma, Douglas. Evolutionary Biology. 3d ed. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc., 1998.

 

Perlman, Dan, and Glenn Adelson. Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation. Malden, MA: Blackwell Science, 1997.

 

Quammen, David. The Song of the Dodo. New York City: Touchstone, 1996.

 

Ridley, Matt. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. New York City: Penguin Books, 1993.

 

Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. New York City: Vintage Books, Random House, Inc., 1995.

 

Wilson, Edward O. The Diversity of Life--College Edition. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1992.

 

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

Articles

 

Grant, Peter. "Natural Selection and Darwin's Finches." Scientific American (October 1991): 82-86.

Videos

 

Scientific American Frontiers, Life's Really Big Questions. December 2000.

 

David Attenborough, In Paradise. 1996. (Depicts Wallace's work in the Malay Archipelago on sexual selection in birds).

 

What Darwin Never Saw (Grants' finch research in Galapagos; available from Kurtis Productions, 1-312-951-5700).

CD-ROM

 

Wilson, E.O, and D. L. Perlman. Conserving Earth's Biodiversity. Washington, DC: Island Press. 2000.

Software

 

The Blind Watchmaker v. 1.2

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