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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 5

SESSION 5: How Did Humans Evolve? Is Evolution Still Happening?

Resources for SESSION 5

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

Evolution Project Resources

Teacher's Guide

Unit 5: How Did Humans Evolve?* (pdf)

Unit 6: Why Does Evolution Matter Now?* (pdf)

Lessons for Students

Lesson 5: How Did Humans Evolve?*

Lesson 6: Why Does Evolution Matter Now?*

Videos for Students

 

Did Humans Evolve?*

 

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Why Does Evolution Matter Now?*

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

Web Activities

 

Riddle of the Bones (Flash)

 

Is Intelligent Life Inevitable?

 

Origins of Humankind (Flash)

 

Microbe Clock (Flash)

 

The Evolving Enemy

Video Segments

 

Laetoli Footprints

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

Finding Lucy

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

Walking Tall

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

Did Humans Evolve?

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

A Mutation Story

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

Cholera: Domesticating Disease

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

Double Immunity

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

 

Biological Invaders

 

View in: QuickTime | RealPlayer

TV Series

 

Show 4: The Evolutionary Arms Race

 

Show 6: The Mind's Big Bang

Other Library Resources

 

The Transforming Leap, from Four Legs to Two

 

Stephen Pinker: Evolution of the Mind

 

World Map for Locating Fossil Evidence (pdf)

 

Hominid Fossil Data Sheet (pdf)

 

The Biology of Skin Color: Black and White

Other Resources

External Web Links

 

A Science Odyssey Web site
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/evolution/footprints.html
An examination of fossilized footprints explains how we know early humans walked upright.

 

Information about Potassium-Argon Dating
http://anthro.palomar.edu/time/time_5.htm
Information on chronometric dating methods.

 

ENSI Web site's Footprint lesson
http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/lessons/footstep.html
Includes a mini-lesson and analysis of the Laetoli Footprints.

 

National Academy of Sciences Web site
http://books.nap.edu/html/evolution98/evol6-e.html
Includes an extended classroom activity analyzing fossilized footprints.

 

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Web site
http://www.woodrow.org/teachers/bi/1995/simulation_molecular.html
Includes a lesson plan/activity on molecular biology and primate phylogenetics.

 

Palomar College Web site
http://anthro.palomar.edu/adapt/default.htm
Includes introductory information on climatic, altitudinal, and nutritional adaptations of humans.

 

National Institute of Health Web site
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/digest/pubs/lactose/lactose.htm
Includes information on lactose intolerance, its symptoms and treatment.

 

ENSI Web site's Lactose Intolerance lesson
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/digest/pubs/lactose/lactose.htm
Includes a mini-lesson for students on lactose intolerance.

 

Rutgers University Web site
http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~ecolevol/fulldoc.html#soccont
Evolutionary Biology: Meeting Societal Needs section of a comprehensive report on Evolution, Science, and Society.

 

The National Health Museum Web site
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AB/
Comprehensive site about biotech including issues and ethics, biotech applications, careers, diagrams of related science principles and processes, and archives of biotech activities.

 

Harvest of Fear
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/gmfoods/
Articles, interviews, interactive activities, and resources related to the NOVA/Frontline show "Harvest of Fear."

 

The Biotechnology Industry Organization Web site
http://www.bio.org/about.html
Information on food and agricultural biotechnology.

 

Union of Concerned Scientists Web site
http://www.ucsusa.org/
Views on genetically engineered crops and reasons for modifications as well as information on antibiotic resistance.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Web site
http://endangered.fws.gov/hcp/index.html
Information on endangered species and habitat conservation.

 

Ecological Society of America Web site
http://esa.sdsc.edu/invas3.htm
Includes a fact sheet on invasive species.

 

Anthropology Tutorials from Palomar College, exploring physical and cultural anthropology.
http://daphne.palomar.edu/tutorials/
Tutorials from Palomar College, exploring physical and cultural anthropology.

 

Early Hominid Evolution
http://daphne.palomar.edu/hominid/Default.htm
Palomar College tutorial on the australopithecines and related genera.

 

Evolution of Modern Humans
http://daphne.palomar.edu/homo2/default.htm
Palomar College tutorial on the biological and cultural evolution of archaic and modern Homo sapiens.

 

Becoming Human
http://www.becominghuman.org/
Institute of Human Origins Web site, featuring Flash documentary and other information on human evolution.

 

Paleoanthropology
http://cogweb.english.ucsb.edu/EP/Paleoanthropology.html
Paleoanthropology Web site from UCSB, including hominid family history.

 

Fossils and Migration Patterns in Early Hominids
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEPC/WWC/1995/fossilshominids.html
An activity from the 1995 Woodrow Wilson Institute on evolution for high school biology teachers.

 

The Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/795_antibio.html
FDA Web Site, "The Rise of Antibiotic-Resistent Infections." An article by Ricki Lewis, on the Food and Drug Administration Web site.

 

Anti-infective Drug Resistance
http://www.who.int/emc/amr.html
World Health Organization site on anti-infective drug resistance, including report on resistant-TB worldwide.

 

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics Web site
http://www.healthsci.tufts.edu/apua/Products/pamphlet_01.html
Health-care provider and consumer information about the prudent use of antibiotics.

Books

 

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

 

Chadwick, D. J., and J. Goode, eds. Antibiotic Resistance: Origins, Evolution, Selection and Spread. London: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

 

Ewald, Paul. Evolution of Infectious Disease. London: Oxford University Press, 1996.

 

Jones, Steve, David Pilbeam, and Robert Martin, eds. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

 

Klein, Richard. The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins. 2d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

 

Larsen, Clark Spencer. Human Origins: The Fossil Record. Prospect Heights: Waveland Press,1998.

 

Levy, Stuart B. The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs Are Destroying the Miracle. New York City: Plenum Publishers, 1992.

 

Lewin, Roger. Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins. 2d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

 

Lewin, Roger. Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction. 4th ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Science, 1999.

 

McHughen, Alan. Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods. London: Oxford University Press, 2000.

 

McKie, Robin. Dawn of Man: The Story of Human Evolution. New York City: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 2000.

 

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

 

Nesse, Randolph M., and George C. Williams. Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. New York City: Vintage Books, 1994.

 

Palumbi, Stephen R. The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change. New York City: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2001.

 

Pinker, Steven. How the Mind Works. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1999.

 

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

 

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

 

Consumer Reports. "Seeds of Change." September 1999: 41-46.

 

Trends In Microbiology."Drug Resistance: The New Apocalypse." Special Issue of 2, no. 10 (October 1, 1994): 341-425.

 

Glausiusz, Josie. "The Great Gene Escape." Discover, May 1998: 90-97.

 

Leakey, Mary. "Footprints in the Ashes of Time." National Geographic 155, April 1979: 446-457

 

Levy, Stuart. "The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance." Scientific American, see www.sciam.com/1998/0398issue/0398levy.html.

 

Schultz, T. "Ants, Plants, and Antibiotics." Nature 398 (1999): 747-748.

 

Specter, Michael. "The Pharmageddon Riddle: Did Monsanto just want more profits, or did it want to save the world?" The New Yorker (April 10 2000): 58-71.

 

Tattersall, Ian. "Once We Were Not Alone." Scientific American (January, 2000): 56-62.

 

Wade, Nicholas. "Neanderthal DNA Sheds New Light on Human Origins." In Wade, Nicholas, Editor, The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution. New York City: The Lyons Press, 1998: 235-238.

 

Wilford, J. "The Transforming Leap, from Four Legs to Two." In Wade, Nicholas, Editor, The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution. New York City: The Lyons Press, 1998: 196-203.

CD-ROM

 

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

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