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  • Slug Power

    Slug Power

    Phenomenal Images

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

  • The Lone Anole

    The Lone Anole

    Phenomenal Images

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

  • The Making of Mass Extinctions

    The Making of Mass Extinctions

    Posters

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Activities

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Beaks As Tools: Selective Advantage in Changing Environments

    Activities

    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

    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.

  • Foraminifera—Earth's Microscopic Recordkeepers

    Foraminifera—Earth's Microscopic Recordkeepers

    Posters

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It details the importance of foraminifera, known as "forams" for short, in discovering significant changes in Earth's past. 

  • Human Evolution Within the Tree of Life

    Human Evolution Within the Tree of Life

    Posters

    The poster from the 2011 Holiday Lectures on Science, Bones, Stones and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans. It provides a unique look at the classic "tree of life" and features a timeline of various hominid fossils and their stone tool usage.

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    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.

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