Discovering the Wallace Line

This is part of: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory
Discovering the Wallace Line


This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

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Curriculum Connections:

  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 2
  • IB Biology (2009) - 2
  • NGSS (2013) LS - 11
  • NGSS (2013) ESS - 1
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.A.1, 1.A.4
IB Biology (2009)
5.4, D2
NGSS (2013) LS
MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-5, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.A, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C
NGSS (2013) ESS