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Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads


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?

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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.


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by Sean B. Carroll, PhD

How Darwin came to publish The Origin of Species, and examples of how quickly evolution can change a population.

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by David M. Kingsley, PhD

Comparing the artificial selection of dogs and corn with the natural selection of the stickleback fish.

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by David M. Kingsley, PhD

The genetic mechanisms by which evolution occurs, and an overview of the evidence for evolutionary theory.

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by Sean B. Carroll, PhD

How and why butterflies and fruit flies got their spots, and the fossil record for human evolution.

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by Sean B. Carroll, PhD; David M. Kingsley, PhD

A discussion on reconciling religion and science with students, the lecturers, and guest speakers.

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In four presentations, Dr. Sean B. Carroll and Dr. David M. Kingsley explore how key developmental genes, natural selection, and time fuel the evolutionary process.

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