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  • Sodium Channel Evolution in Electric Fish

    Sodium Channel Evolution in Electric Fish

    Data Points

    Scientists investigated how gene duplication contributed to the evolution of electric fish.

  • Great Transitions Interactive: Human Origins

    Great Transitions Interactive: Human Origins

    Click & Learn

    Examine fossil skeletons and footprints of early humans and compare them to skeletons of modern humans and chimpanzees to discover how different traits have evolved over time.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Humerus

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Humerus

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pelvis

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pelvis

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pectoral Fin

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pectoral Fin

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil –  Body

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Body

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil –  Skull

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Skull

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • Superbugs That Resist Antibiotics Can Evolve in 11 Days

    Superbugs That Resist Antibiotics Can Evolve in 11 Days

    Animated Shorts

    (8 min 50 sec) Antibiotics like penicillin have a critical role in medicine, but using them is not a decision to be taken lightly.

  • Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak

    Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 29 sec) This video focuses on the front lines of the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and explains how scientists monitored the evolution of the virus by analyzing its genome.

  • How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    Click & Learn

    Using elephants, finches, bats, and moths, as case studies, explore different aspects of how animals use sound to communicate.

  • Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

    Understanding Variation in Human Skin Color

    Lessons

    In this activity, students extend the concepts covered in the short film The Biology of Skin Color through the application of models and mathematical thinking to explain how genomic variation and human ancestry can explain differences in skin color, a polygenic trait.

  • Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Lessons

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and explores how experimental work in zebrafish led to a better understanding of the role of the gene SLC24A5 in human skin color.

  • Thermoregulation in Dinosaurs

    Thermoregulation in Dinosaurs

    Data Points

    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.

  • Origin of a Gene Mutation Causing Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

    Origin of a Gene Mutation Causing Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study of a family that has a high prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Amylase Copy Number and Diet

    Amylase Copy Number and Diet

    Data Points

    A team of scientists investigated whether there is a correlation between the number of AMY1 gene copies and the type of diet (high-starch or low-starch) of a population.

  • Lactase Film with Quiz

    Lactase Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (14 min 52 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film that explores the evolution of the ability to digest lactose as adults (lactose tolerance) and the genetic changes associated with the trait.

  • Skin Color Film with Quiz

    Skin Color Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (18 min 58 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film that explores the evidence for the evolution of the variation in skin color among human populations.

  • Slug Power

    Slug Power

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of a sea slug and chloroplasts as phenomena to explore photosynthesis concepts.

  • Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (19 min 44 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the major human fossil finds from Africa  and what they reveal about the history of our evolutionary origins.

  • Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (18 min 59 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film about the evidence that showed birds descended from dinosaurs.

  • Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module traces the evolutionary history of birds by comparing the bone structures of a chicken to those of other species.

  • Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Case Studies

    In this case study, students use real data to propose hypotheses, make predictions, and justify claims with evidence, as an exploration of concepts presented in the short film The Biology of Skin Color.

  • The Origin of Flight: What Use Is Half a Wing?

    The Origin of Flight: What Use Is Half a Wing?

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 16 sec) Biologist Ken Dial's study of how young birds use their developing wings sheds light on the evolution of flight in birds.

  • How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

    How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

    Interactive Videos

    (3 min 32 sec) This interactive animation about the biology of skin color provides stop points at which students can further explore the material through additional text and illustrations, videos, questions, and simple interactive widgets.

  • Activity for The Biology of Skin Color

    Activity for The Biology of Skin Color

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the evidence that differences in human skin color are adaptations to varying intensity of UV light, as discussed in the short film The Biology of Skin Color.

  • Schooling Behavior of Stickleback Fish from Different Habitats

    Schooling Behavior of Stickleback Fish from Different Habitats

    Data Points

    A team of scientists studied the schooling behavior of threespine stickleback fish by experimentally testing how individual fish responded to an artificial fish school model.

  • How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

    Lessons

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

  • Great Transitions

    Great Transitions

    Collection

    Stunning fossil finds have revealed the fascinating stories of major transitions in the history of life on our planet—from fish that gained the land, to reptiles that took to the air, and primates...

  • Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Feature Films

    (54 min 51 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hands, vision, and brains to ancient primate ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

    Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

    Feature Films

    (54 min 41 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hair, teeth and hearing to ancient reptilian ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Feature Films

    (54 min 41 sec) See how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen today in our own DNA. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • The Biology of Skin Color

    The Biology of Skin Color

    Short Films

    (18 min 58 sec) This film explores the hypothesis that different tones of skin color in humans arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world.

  • Icefish Film with Quiz

    Icefish Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (13 min 14 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the icefish—an example of how genes are reused and recycled.

  • Activity for The Origin of Humans

    Activity for The Origin of Humans

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the concepts and research on the evolutionary origins of humans discussed in the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Short Films

    (18 min 59 sec) This film follows paleontologist Julia Clarke as she describes some of the most important fossil evidence showing that birds descended from dinosaurs.

  • The Lone Anole

    The Lone Anole

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore a photo of an anole lizard as a phenomenon to explore adaptations and natural selection.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Short Films

    (19 min 44 sec) This film explores the major fossil finds from Africa that provide insights about the evolution of humans from other primates.

  • Vertebrate Circulatorium

    Vertebrate Circulatorium

    Click & Learn

    Compare and contrast the anatomy of the heart and the circulatory systems of major vertebrate groups and gain insights into their evolution.

  • Milk: How Sweet Is It?

    Milk: How Sweet Is It?

    Labs & Demos

    In this activity, students simulate a lactose tolerance test, similar to the one shown in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture, to determine which samples contain the lactase enzyme.

  • Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

    Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

    Virtual Labs

    In the Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab students explore the evolution of the anole lizards in the Caribbean by collecting and analyzing their own data.  

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods, which tells the story of the discovery of Tiktaalik, a creature with features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Labs & Demos

    This classroom experiment supports the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. Students collect and analyze data to learn why even slight variations in beak size can make the difference between life and death.

  • Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Card Activities

    In this activity, students explore the phenomenon of convergent evolution presented in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. They build and interpret phylogenetic trees to infer how certain adaptations evolved among the Anole lizard populations of the Caribbean.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Short Films

    (17 min 11 sec) One of the most exciting discoveries in the long history of fossil exploration is Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • Explore Your Inner Animals

    Explore Your Inner Animals

    Click & Learn

    This interactive explores different anatomical features of the human body and what they reveal about the evolutionary history we share with other organisms, including earlier, long-extinct species.

  • Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

    Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

    Animations

    (2 min 38 sec) This animation features the anole lizards as an example of how a single species can split and multiply into many different species with distinct traits.

  • Activity for Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Activity for Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the concepts and research on the anole lizards discussed in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, including adaptation by natural selection, convergent evolution, and the formation of new species.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. By following four decades of research on the finches of the Galápagos islands, the film illustrates how geography and ecology can drive the evolution of new species.

  • Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

    Lessons

    In this activity, students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between milk consumption and lactose tolerance discussed in the short film Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture.

  • Sorting Finch Species

    Sorting Finch Species

    Click & Learn

    Finches discriminate between members of their own species and those of a closely related species based on song and appearance.

  • The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Short Films

    (17 min 45 sec) This film explores the adaptation of anole lizards (genus Anolis) to habitats common across the islands of the Caribbean. The anoles are excellent examples of adaptive radiation, convergent evolution, and speciation through reproductive isolation.

  • The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    Short Films

    (15 min 54 sec) This film explores four decades of research on the evolution of Galápagos finches, which has illuminated how species form and diversify.

  • Using Genetic Crosses to Analyze a Stickleback Trait

    Using Genetic Crosses to Analyze a Stickleback Trait

    Card Activities

    A hands-on activity in which students analyze the results of genetic crosses between stickleback fish with different traits.

  • Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the Pitx1 Gene in Stickleback Fish

    Modeling the Regulatory Switches of the Pitx1 Gene in Stickleback Fish

    Labs & Demos

    A hands-on activity in which students interpret molecular diagrams and build physical models of eukaryotic gene regulation.

  • The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

    The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

    Short Films

    (14 min 52 sec) This film explores the genetics and evolution of lactase persistence in humans.

  • Teacher Guide: AP Biology

    Teacher Guide: AP Biology

    Resource Guides

    This guide correlates all the resources available on the Holiday Lectures on Science DVDs and throughout the BioInteractive.org website to specific Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, and Essential Knowledge threads of the new AP® Biology Curriculum Framework. 

  • Skeletons Reveal Human and Chimpanzee Evolution

    Skeletons Reveal Human and Chimpanzee Evolution

    Click & Learn

    Comparing features of a 4.4-million-year-old fossil skeleton to those of human and chimpanzee skeletons sheds light on our evolutionary history.

  • Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Diet and the Evolution of Salivary Amylase

    Lessons

    This activity engages students in analyzing authentic scientific data that explore the effects of different diets on the evolution of an enzyme that breaks down starch.

  • The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

    The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

    Short Films

    (14 min 3 sec) This film explores the evolutionary connection between an infectious disease, malaria, and a genetic condition, sickle cell anemia.

  • The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

    The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Short Films

    (13 min 10 sec) Scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Human Health

    Lessons

    A lesson that requires students to read detailed scientific passages and explain how an understanding of specific icefish adaptations might lead to a treatment or cure for human disorders, such as osteoporosis and anemia. 

  • Icefish Blood Adaptations: Viscosity

    Icefish Blood Adaptations: Viscosity

    Lessons

    In this simple lab activity, students simulate and compare how blood pumps through the circulatory system of icefish and other fish.

  • Icefish Blood Adaptations: Antifreeze Proteins

    Icefish Blood Adaptations: Antifreeze Proteins

    Labs & Demos

    In this activity, students investigate the importance of antifreeze proteins for icefish survival through two simple labs.

  • Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Guides: The Birth and Death of Genes

    Film Activities

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, which describes how scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.

  • Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

    Lessons

    In these activities, students transcribe and translate portions of the rock pocket mouse Mc1r gene to further explore the genetic variations responsible for different coat colors as described in the short film Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation.

  • Pitx1 Expression

    Pitx1 Expression

    Animations

    (55 sec) In the stickleback fish, pelvic-fin reduction resulted from changes in the regulatory switch elements of the Pitx1 gene. In the marine ancestor, the Pitx1 gene is activated in the pelvic-fin region during development to generate the fin. In the pelvic-reduced stickleback, the regulatory switch that normally turns on the Pitx1 gene is either missing or non-functional.

  • Fossil Record of Stickleback Evolution

    Fossil Record of Stickleback Evolution

    Clips

    (2 min 34 sec) A quarry site in Nevada carries the evolutionary history of a population of stickleback fish that resided there when it was a freshwater lake.

  • Clonal vs Sexual Reproduction

    Clonal vs Sexual Reproduction

    Clips

    (8 min 56 sec) What does a stack of fruits and vegetables have to do with the theoretical advantages of sexual reproduction? Find out in this demonstration with student audience members and Dr. David Page.

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