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362 resources with the concept the theory of evolution

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Evolution vs. Natural Selection

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Clear up the confusion between natural selection and evolution with this cartoon. A hand draws diagrams and scenery as a voice narrates. This little feature is ideal for introducing these two concepts to beginning biologists.
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Mimic Octopus

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The award for the most effective adaptation goes to the mimic octopus, a newly described species. The octopus can change its color, shape, and behavior to mimic flounder, lion fish, sea snakes, and more. 
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The Making of the Fittest: Evolving Switches, Evolving Bodies

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How did the stickleback fish, which was once ocean bound, evolve to be able to persist in freshwater lakes? Hear from the scientists who identified the genes and related switches that allowed these survivors to adapt. In addition to the...
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What is Natural Selection?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Examine exactly what is meant by natural selection, as well as how it works in nature and through the assistance of humans. Presented with fun graphics and simple narration, the complex topic of natural selection is clearly explained in...
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How Did Feathers Evolve?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What do dinosaurs and modern birds have in common? More than you may think. See how scientists figured out the evolutionary relationship between these seemingly disparate animals. Additionally, discover how and why the feather evolved...
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Icefish Adaptations

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What adaptations exist in order for icefish to survive the subfreezing temperatures of the Antarctic Ocean? Middle and high schoolers can find out through watching a related 13-minute video and performing a simple investigation to...
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Charles Darwin (Part 2)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part two of this entertaining series looks at Darwin's visit to the Galapagos, his return home, and his determination to support his theories with evidence. What fun!
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Charles Darwin, Part 1/3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A wonderfully humorous and irreverent take on the early life of Charles Darwin tracing his struggles at school to his arrival at the Galapagos. Part one of the three-part Greatest Scientists series narrated by Dr. Allan Chapman.
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Digging for Humanity's Origins

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
"Is this a good evolutionary adaptation, or is it going to lead us to being the shortest lived hominid species on planet earth?" Listen as Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey discusses our evolution from common ancestry and her work in...
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Natural Selection

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's Mr. Anderson, and he's ready to explain natural selection! Be excited, because he has the ability to make scientific biology and genetic functions in terms of natural selection make sense. With great examples and a clear and gentle...
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Cell Biology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Look here for a narrative approach to cells origins and discovery by microscopes. Though it is a slightly older clip, it contains some lovely footage of cells up close. Begin with prokaryotes and move onto eukaryotes and the differences...
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Breaking the Illusion of Skin Color

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
"What Darwin could not appreciate...is that there is a fundamental relationship between the intensity of ultraviolet radiation and skin pigmentation, and that skin pigmentation itself was a product of evolution." Viewers are provided...
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Miracle Planet - Snow Ball Earth 4/5

For Teachers 6th - 9th
A snowball earth would stay frozen once frozen; so what melted the ice? A manganese dioxide deposit gives some clue. One scientist focused on volcanic eruptions as contributing more oxygen into the air and warming the earth. This...
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The Theory of Evolution Made Easy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your upper graders will have no problem understanding the Theory of Evolution after watching this comprehensive clip. Multiple examples are used to demonstrate how a species is able to adapt and change over time due to both environmental...
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The Origin of Life - Scientific Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ever wish there was a guest lecturer to help you explain the origins of life? Invite Mr. Anderson into your room with this 14-minute video lecture that describes the origins of life, age of the earth, and how scientists know what they do...
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Evolution of Giant Whales

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Did you know that there is a place in Egypt called The Valley of Whales? Bascilisaurs fossils can be found all over the Egyptian desert! They were over 12 meters long and evolved into the modern day whale. We see how animators and...
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South American Mega-Dinosaurs

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Long-necked dinosaurs disappeared on all of the continents around the world after the separation of Pangaea, except for in South America. Along with other animals and plants, the long-necked dinosaur flourished and grew bigger than ever....
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Origin and Evolution of Life, Part 3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Continue your exploration of the origin of life with part three of this wonderful five-part series. This episode examines Precambrian fossils found in the Berges Shale. Watch this video to find out the value of this discovery to...
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Natural Selection Made Easy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Clear up any confusion related to natural selection and evolution. This straight forward clip explains the differences between natural selection and evolution and sheds light on misconceptions Charles Darwin had about the process of...
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Origin and Evolution of Life, Part 4

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In part four of this five-part series on the origin of life on Earth, we learn about Charles Darwin and how he developed the theory of evolution. The focus of this video is looking at the evidence that Darwin observed. Perfect for...
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Origin and Evolution of Life, Part 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Start a class exploration explaining the origin of evolution and life on planet Earth with the first of a five part series. Episode one examines the KT Boundary and what it meant in terms of mass extinction. It explores evidence and keys...
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A Model for Natural Selection- Spaghetti Worms

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Does the early bird really get the worm? If so, which color of worm does it prefer? In an exciting and easy week-long field investigation, young field biologists set up a one square meter feeding area for birds. If you have a webcam,...
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Evidence of Evolution by Natural Selection

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Being able to test a hypothesis is a scientific must. AP Biology pupils can see the process of hypothesis testing through evidence for evolution as seen in natural selection. Slides contain solid information and excerpts from academic...
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7.012 Fall 2004 Section Self-quiz

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
This quiz just looks neat! It has two cell diagrams for biology class members to label. They also describe the function of each organelle. A prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell are displayed for them to compare, and then they fill in the...