The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree
Tips From Teachers
“I used the video Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree paired with The Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab as we researched the concepts of evolution and natural selection in my 10th grade biology class. Both are excellent resources to apply major content topics and critical thinking skills that are needed on the Ohio state tests. They made evolution come alive and reinforced the idea that these processes really do occur in our world today.” -- Amy Kochensparger (Eaton High School, OH)
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55Film GuideFilm Guides: The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary TreeThe following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Research on the anole lizards is enriching our understanding of evolutionary processes, such as adaptation by natural selection, convergent evolution, and the formation of new species. Also available in Spanish.
123ActivityUsing DNA to Explore Lizard PhylogenyThis activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are guided to sort the lizard species by appearance, then generate a phylogenetic tree using the lizards’ DNA sequences to evaluate whether species that appear similar are closely related to each other.
49ActivityLook Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by PredationThis activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are asked to formulate a hypothesis, and collect and analyze real research data to understand how quickly natural selection can act on specific traits in a population.