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Evolution and the Origin of Species Resources

Evolution and the Origin of Species Resources

Overview

The theory of evolution is the unifying theory of biology, meaning it is the framework within which biologists ask questions about the living world. Its power is that it provides direction for predictions about living things that are borne out in ongoing experiments. The Ukrainian-born American geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote that “nothing makes sense in biology except in the light of evolution.” He meant that the tenet that all life has evolved and diversified from a common ancestor is the foundation from which we approach all questions in biology.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives (BIO I: I1, I2, I3, VI1, VII2 and BIO II: I1, I1, VI1, VII2)

  • Understanding Evolution
  • Formation of New Species
  • Reconnection and Speciation Rates

Recommended Textbook Resources

Chapter 18: Evolution and the Origin of the Species Biology 2e

OpenStax: Biology 2e

A brief history of the theory of evolution from the ancient Greeks to Darwin and Wallace as well as a discussion of the evidence for evolution and common misconceptions. The chapter also describes the formation of new species and how species are kept separate.

Student Assessment Activities

Project 1:

Go to the HHMI BioInteractive interactive assessment for the video The Beak of the Finch.  Click the image of the video to Launch Interactive to begin the activity.  Watch the video and answer the questions at the end of each module.  When you have answered the last question in Module 3, click Quiz Results.  After your quiz results appear, enter your name in the box at the top of the window, click Print, and print your results. Turn in your printed results to your instructor. 

Project 2:

Go to the HHMI BioInteractive assessment for the video Evolving Switches, Evolving Bodies. Click the image of the video to Launch Interactive to begin the activity.  Watch the video and answer the questions at the end of each module.  When you have answered the last question in Module 3, click Quiz Results.  After your quiz results appear, enter your name in the box at the top of the window, click Print, and print your results. Turn in your printed results to your instructor.

Project 3:

Go to https://media.hhmi.org/biointeractive/vlabs/stickleback2/index.html to access the Virtual Stickleback Evolution Lab. Complete the lab.  When you have finished, click the Progress tab.  For each screen (Summary, Quizzes, Data, and Analysis), click the link, enter your name in the box, and then print the page.  Turn in your printed Progress pages to your instructor. 

Project 4:

Find the correct answers to the end of the chapter “Review Questions.” Note the page number on which you found the answer. Be prepared to share and explain your answers in a group setting. 

Project 5:

Answer the end of the chapter “Critical Thinking Questions.” Note the page number on which you found the answer. Be prepared to share and explain your answers in a group setting.