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  • Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Card Activities

    This activity extends concepts covered in the film Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture. Students analyze data from the scientific literature to draw conclusions about the geographic distribution of lactase persistence.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Activity for Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

    Activity for Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the content and research presented in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture, which describes a case of recent human evolution influenced by cultural factors.

  • Activity for Natural Selection in Humans

    Activity for Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Activities

    This activity explores the connection between malaria and sickle cell anemia — one of the best-understood examples of natural selection in humans — as discussed in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans.

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