Introduction to Evolution
from the Virtual Biology Classroom
- Who were the main contributors to pre-Darwinian explanations of evolution? How did they explain how living things change over time?
- How do you think Darwin came up with his explanation of evolution?
- Explain is natural selection.
- What did Darwin mean by the term "fitness"?
- Explain the difference between natural and artificial selection. Describe two examples of artificial selection.
EVOLUTION LECTURE POWERPOINT
PRINTING:The best way to print out the PowerPoint Show is to download the PDF version. Select Print, and, when the Print screen comes up, go to Print Handling options. Under Page Scaling, select "Multiple pages per sheet", Under Pages per sheet, select "2". That uses up less paper, placing two slides on each page.
Intro to Evolution Lecture Materials
The resources below have been developed for and are used in an actual college biology course.
The Biological Cell Lecture materials include:
Charles Darwin, circa 1880
The Radiolab episode, "Darwinvaganza", which aired in February 2009, celebrates the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin by exploring the origin of "The Origin of Species".
Domestication of Russian Silver Foxes
The Radiolab episode "New Nice" presents an excellent example of the study of evolution through experiments in artificial selection of Russian silver foxes. Listen to the episode and then answer the questions on the assignment. The PPT can be used to show relevant images while playing the podcast.
EVOLUTION "Class Notes" READINGS
- Your Inner Fish, PBS series with Neil Shubin.
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Russian Silver Fox