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  • Teeth of the Skin

    Teeth of the Skin

    Image of the Week

    The head of a newly-hatched catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) imaged using 3D X-ray microscopy.

  • Slug Power

    Slug Power

    Image of the Week

    The sea slug, Elysia crispata belongs to a group called the sacoglossans—mostly herbivores that feed, mate and lay eggs on algae.  

  • Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (19 min 44 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the major human fossil finds from Africa  and what they reveal about the history of our evolutionary origins.

  • Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (18 min 59 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film about the evidence that showed birds descended from dinosaurs.

  • New Year Bash

    New Year Bash

    Image of the Week

    Some mantis shrimps, for example, Odontodactylus sp., can smash open prey, such as snails and crabs, using powerful specialized limbs.

  • The Origin of Flight: What Use is Half a Wing?

    The Origin of Flight: What Use is Half a Wing?

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 16 sec) Biologist Ken Dial's study of how young birds use their developing wings sheds light on the evolution of flight in birds.

  • Great Transitions

    Great Transitions

    Collection

    Stunning fossil finds have revealed the fascinating stories of major transitions in the history of life on our planet—from fish that gained the land, to reptiles that took to the air, and...

  • Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Feature Film

    (54 min 51 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hands, vision, and brains to ancient primate ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

    Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

    Feature Film

    (54 min 41 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hair, teeth and hearing to ancient reptilian ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Feature Film

    (54 min 41 sec) See how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen today in our own DNA. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • The Art of Hiding

    The Art of Hiding

    Image of the Week

    Animal mimics evolved markings that make them look either like other animals or inanimate objects.

  • Icefish Film with Quiz

    Icefish Film with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (13 min 14 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the icefish—an example of how genes are reused and recycled.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Short Film

    (18 min 59 sec) In the second film of the Great Transitions trilogy, paleontologist Julia Clarke takes us on a journey to uncover the evidence that birds descended from dinosaurs. Also available in Spanish.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Short Film

    (19 min 44 sec) Which traits distinguish humans from other primates? When and where did these traits evolve? Analysis of the major fossil finds from Africa, dating back to 4.4 million years ago, provides answers to these questions and reveals the history of our evolutionary origins. Also available in Spanish.

  • Vertebrate Circulatorium

    Vertebrate Circulatorium

    Click & Learn

    Compare and contrast the anatomy of the heart and the circulatory systems of major vertebrate groups and gain insights into their evolution.

  • Milk—How Sweet Is It?

    Milk—How Sweet Is It?

    Activity

    In this lab, students test different samples to see which ones contain the lactase enzyme. Also available in Spanish.

  • A Flower That Fits the Bill

    A Flower That Fits the Bill

    Image of the Week

    The bill of the buff-tailed sicklebill hummingbird is perfectly shaped to collect nectar from deep within the Centropogon flower.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods, which tells the story of the discovery of Tiktaalik, a creature with features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Short Film

    (17 min 11 sec) One of the most exciting discoveries in the long history of fossil exploration is Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

    Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

    Animation

    (2 min 38 sec) This animation features the anole lizards as an example of how a single species can split and multiply into many different species with distinct traits.

  • Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Activity

    Students evaluate and discuss several statements about lactose intolerance and evolution before and after watching the film. Also available in Spanish.

  • Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the Pitx1 Gene in Stickleback Fish

    Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the Pitx1 Gene in Stickleback Fish

    Activity

    A hands-on activity in which students interpret molecular diagrams and build physical models of eukaryotic gene regulation.

  • Teacher Guide: AP Biology

    Teacher Guide: AP Biology

    Teacher Guide

    This guide correlates all the resources available on the Holiday Lectures on Science DVDs and throughout the BioInteractive.org website to specific Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, and Essential Knowledge threads of the new AP® Biology Curriculum Framework. 

  • The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

    The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Short Film

    (13 min 10 sec) Scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    Activity

    A lesson that requires students to read detailed scientific passages and explain how an understanding of specific icefish adaptations might lead to a treatment or cure for human disorders, such as osteoporosis and anemia. 

  • Demonstration: Viscosity of Icefish and Non-Icefish Blood

    Demonstration: Viscosity of Icefish and Non-Icefish Blood

    Activity

    A simple demonstration that uses readily-available materials to simulate how blood pumps through the circulatory system of icefish and other fish.

  • Icefish Adaptations

    Icefish Adaptations

    Activity

    A simple activity that investigates the importance of antifreeze proteins to icefish survival.

  • Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, which describes how scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Activity

    A lesson that requires students to transcribe and translate portions of the wild-type and mutant rock pocket mouse Mc1r genes and compare sequences to identify the locations and types of mutations responsible for the coat color variation described in the film. Also available in Spanish.

  • Vaccines and HIV Evolution

    Vaccines and HIV Evolution

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) The search for an effective HIV vaccine, and advances in genomics that may lead to a breakthrough.

  • Classroom Activities: Gene Switches

    Classroom Activities: Gene Switches

    Activity

    To accompany the lecture series Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads.

  • Fossils, Genes, and Embryos

    Fossils, Genes, and Embryos

    Lecture

    (58 min 30 sec) The genetic mechanisms by which evolution occurs, and an overview of the evidence for evolutionary theory.

  • Selection in Action

    Selection in Action

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) Comparing the artificial selection of dogs and corn with the natural selection of the stickleback fish.

  • Pitx1 Expression

    Pitx1 Expression

    Animation

    (55 sec) In the stickleback fish, pelvic-fin reduction resulted from changes in the regulatory switch elements of the Pitx1 gene. In the marine ancestor, the Pitx1 gene is activated in the pelvic-fin region during development to generate the fin. In the pelvic-reduced stickleback, the regulatory switch that normally turns on the Pitx1 gene is either missing or non-functional.

  • Fossil Record of Stickleback Evolution

    Fossil Record of Stickleback Evolution

    Clip

    (2 min 34 sec) A quarry site in Nevada carries the evolutionary history of a population of stickleback fish that resided there when it was a freshwater lake.

  • Sexual Evolution: From X to Y

    Sexual Evolution: From X to Y

    Lecture

    (1 hr 28 sec) Dr. Page explains how successive inversions and deletions of the Y chromosome during mammalian evolution have reduced it to its present form—small and sparsely populated with genes.

  • The Meaning of Sex: Genes and Gender

    The Meaning of Sex: Genes and Gender

    Lecture

    Four talks focus on sex determination—the molecular and genetic mechanisms that determine whether an organism will be male, female or a hermaphrodite.

  • Clonal vs Sexual Reproduction

    Clonal vs Sexual Reproduction

    Clip

    (8 min 56 sec) What does a stack of fruits and vegetables have to do with the theoretical advantages of sexual reproduction? Find out in this demonstration with student audience members and Dr. David Page.

  • Emerging Infections: How Epidemics Arise

    Emerging Infections: How Epidemics Arise

    Lecture

    (59 min) Dr. Ganem analyses the complex causes of epidemics—how changes in the environment and in human social behavior can give rise to new infectious diseases.

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