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Understanding Evolution

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A juvenile of Brookesia micra, the smallest of the new chameleon species

A juvenile of Brookesia micra, the smallest of the new chameleon species
University of California Museum of Paleontology's Understanding Evolution

Understanding Evolution is a website for teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology to grades K-12 and undergraduates. The homepage presents current news articles on aspects of evolution and highlights other additions to the website.

Evolution 101 is a comprehensive primer. Separate sections present the patterns and processes of evolution, micro- and macroevolution, speciation, and the big questions evolutionary biologists are trying to answer. The History of Life: Looking at the Patterns module lets students explore evolutionary change and evolutionary relationships. An Image Library houses 162 downloadable images that supplement modules. A sidebar links to lessons, activities, videos, and articles. Evolution 101 is also available in Spanish and Turkish.

Teaching Materials has a teachers’ lounge for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and undergraduates. Each lounge contains four sections:

  1. Focus on the fundamentals,
  2. Identify your learning goals,
  3. Avoid common teaching pitfalls, and
  4. Search for lessons.

Teaching Materials also has a separate area with resources for all-levels. One especially useful section addresses Misconceptions About Evolution in the form of an FAQs page. Warming to Evolution, for example, responds to the belief that human behavior cannot affect evolution.

Resource Library collects past news items, images, interactive investigations, research profiles, tutorials, and resources (not lesson plans) suitable for various audience levels.



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