The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory


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.

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(Duration: 30 min 51 sec)
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“This short video is an excellent depiction of how the theory of evolution came to be. It presents its history primarily from Wallace's perspective, which is a nice change, considering that most students know only about Darwin's contributions. The format is engaging and includes dramatizations interspersed between live-action scenes. It is appropriate for students in a general biology or AP Biology class and exciting enough to hold their attention.” -- Jeffrey D. Sack, American Biology Teacher, April 2014

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  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 10
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