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The Making of the Fittest


This series 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—from the postglacial lakes in southern Alaska to the deserts of the American Southwest, and from the icy Antarctic to the highlands of East Africa, where fascinating creatures and pioneering scientists reveal how the fittest are made. Produced by award-winning filmmakers, each film illustrates the role of mutation and natural selection in adaptation.

"By the time you have gone through the films and activities, you will have effectively covered the topic of evolution […] I highly recommend this series."

—Remy Dou, American Biology Teacher, May 2012

In This Series (5)

The rock pocket mouse is a living example of Darwin’s process of natural selection.

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Scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study...

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In some parts of the world, there is an intimate connection between the infectious parasitic disease malaria and the genetic...

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After the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago, populations of marine stickleback fish became stranded in freshwater lakes...

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Follow human geneticist Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society, as he tracks...

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This series of five short films features unforgettable examples of the evolutionary process in action.

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