The Making of the Fittest - New Short Films on Evolution
This trilogy of short films has been crafted to engage students with memorable examples of the evolutionary process in action. Each film takes students on an adventure—to the deserts of the American Southwest, to the Antarctic, and to East Africa, where they encounter fascinating creatures and pioneering scientists who have revealed how the fittest are made. Produced by award-winning filmmakers Sarah Holt and Bill Anderson, each film illustrates the role of mutation and natural selection in adaptation.
The Making of the Fittest is now available on DVD!
Where and when did humans arise? What distinguishes us from other species? Did our distant ancestors look and behave like us?
When Darwin proposed that humans evolved from a common ancestor with the great apes, he lacked fossil evidence to support his idea. One hundred and fifty years later, the evidence for human evolution is plentiful and growing, including detailed molecular genetics data, an impressive fossil record, and artifacts of early human culture like stone tools.
Leading scientists John Shea of Stony Brook University, Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, guide us on a global exploration spanning millions of years to illuminate the rise of modern humans.
In the 2005 lectures, HHMI investigators Sean B. Carroll and David M. Kingsley discuss how Charles Darwin's ideas about evolution ignited a revolution in biology that continues to this day. Darwin's concept of a living world changing over time through natural selection has become biology's major unifying framework.
Free on DVD
View the on-demand webcast of the lectures, the student discussion session on reconciling religion and evolution, or the 2006 Ken Miller lecture on evolution versus "intelligent design."
Click here to view summaries of the 2005 Holiday Lectures.
Solutions to the poster questions can be found here.
Boning Up on Evolution
David Kingsley's office at Stanford University might look to some observers like a Halloween supply store-it's filled with skeletons. "I have a turtle, an armadillo, a mole rat, an axolotl [a kind of salamander]," Kingsley says. "I have a piranha head from someone's trip to South America." Read more...
When collecting butterflies is your job, what do you do for a hobby? Biologist Sean Carroll leaves his butterflies in his lab and hits the road in search of bigger game. "I like to go to jungles and swamps and coral reefs," he says of trips with his wife Jamie and some percentage of their four sons, Josh, Chris, Patrick, and Will. Read more...
How did we get here?
Today's evolution is not your grandfather's evolution. Molecular biology and genetics, crucial to our current understanding of evolution, didn't even exist as scientific disciplines during Charles Darwin's life. In fact, Darwin's evolution was not even his grandfather's evolution. Read more...
To watch the Holiday Lectures on Science:
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