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  • Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Apps and eBooks

    Examine the history and causes of past mass extinctions, and the evidence for whether we are facing a sixth mass extinction, with this interactive eBook.

  • Thermoregulation in Dinosaurs

    Thermoregulation in Dinosaurs

    Data Point

    Grady and colleagues compared dinosaur fossil evidence with evidence from living animal species to shed more light on the type of thermoregulation that dinosaurs used—ectothermy, endothermy, or mesothermy.

  • In Memoriam: Bob Paine

    In Memoriam: Bob Paine

    Article

    Sean Carroll and Bob Paine on a film shoot in January 2016.

  • Spanish BioInteractive

    Spanish BioInteractive

    Collection

    A selection of short films, animations, classroom materials, and interactive features that are available in Spanish. Go to the resource pages below to find links to view or download the Spanish...

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Short

    (7 min 18 sec) This animated short film tells the engaging tale of the discovery of the coelacanth.

  • Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Click & Learn

    Trace the evolutionary history of birds by comparing the shapes and structures of certain bones in a chicken to those of some of its extinct and living relatives. Also available in Spanish.

  • How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    Activity

    This activity uses data from a 2014 scientific paper to explore thermoregulation in living and extinct animals, including dinosaurs. 

  • Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Activity

    Students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs and other facts about these groups, before and after watching the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Featuring vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Julia Clarke, the film walks us through the evidence that birds are a lineage of theropod dinosaurs. 

  • The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species

    Collection

    Our planet has millions of species, including thousands of mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles, and even more butterflies, beetles, and other animals, each adapted to one of an enormous variety of...

  • Darwin the Entomologist

    Darwin the Entomologist

    Image of the Week

    As a student of divinity at Cambridge University, Charles Darwin was an enthusiastic collector of beetles

  • Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Reading Primary Sources: Darwin and Wallace

    Activity

    This activity serves as a supplement to the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students read and analyze excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and answer questions about the information presented, developing their nonfiction reading comprehension.

  • Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

    Activity

    Students are challenged to identify “fact patterns,” or patterns that emerge from a collection of different facts and observations, and draw conclusions about what they suggest. Also available in Spanish.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Activity

    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. 

  • The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

    Activity

    This activity supports the viewing of the film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Before and after watching the film, students discuss and evaluate several statements about Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the specific evidence that led each of them to the theory of evolution by natural selection.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory, which tells the story of the epic adventures of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and of the evidence they gathered for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

  • The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace

    The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace

    Animated Short

    (7 min 45 sec) This animated short video illustrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who independently formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection at the same time as Charles Darwin.

  • The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    Short Film

    (30 min 51 sec) The epic voyages of Darwin and Wallace led each to independently discover the natural origin of species and to formulate the theory of evolution by natural selection. Also available in Spanish.

  • Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps

    Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps

    Lecture

    (1 hr 28 min 24 sec) Leading evolution educator Ken Miller discusses the controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution.

  • Evolution: Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps

    Evolution: Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps

    Lecture

    Leading evolution educator Ken Miller discusses the controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution.

  • Reconciling Religion and Science

    Reconciling Religion and Science

    Lecture

    (1 hr 10 min 57 sec) A discussion on reconciling religion and science with students, the lecturers, and guest speakers.

  • 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.

  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful

    Endless Forms Most Beautiful

    Lecture

    (58 min 30 sec) How Darwin came to publish The Origin of Species, and examples of how quickly evolution can change a population.

  • Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads

    Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads

    Lecture

    How has the amazing diversity of plants and animals evolved? What can fossils, butterflies, and stickleback fish tell us about the deep common ancestry of all living forms?

  • Galapagos Creatures

    Galapagos Creatures

    Clip

    (24 sec) These are some of the animal species Charles Darwin would have seen when he visited the Galapagos Islands.

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