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  • 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.

  • Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Card Activities

    This 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.

  • The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Short Films

    (17 min 45 sec) In the Caribbean islands, adaptation to several common habitats has led to a large adaptive radiation with interesting examples of convergent evolution. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Short Films

    (15 min 54 sec) Four decades of research on finch species that live only on the Galápagos Islands illuminate how species form and multiply. Also available in Spanish.

  • Teacher Guide: Evolution

    Teacher Guide: Evolution

    Resource Guides

    Topics include: natural selection, artificial selection, population genetics, human adaptations and evolution, and phylogenetics.

  • Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences

    Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences

    Click & Learn

    This Click and Learn explains how DNA sequences can be used to generate such trees, and how to interpret them. English version is ADA accessible.

  • Film Guides: Natural Selection and Adaptation

    Film Guides: Natural Selection and Adaptation

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation, which describes the physical and genetic evolutionary changes in rock pocket mouse populations. Also available in Spanish.

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Card Activities

    Construct evolutionary trees by sorting seashells. To accompany the lecture series Exploring Biodiversity: The Search for New Medicines and the Sorting Seashells Click and Learn interactive.

  • Sorting Seashells

    Sorting Seashells

    Click & Learn

    Explore principles of taxonomy by sorting seashells according to their morphological characteristics and constructing an evolutionary tree.

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