Discovering the Wallace Line

When studying locations of specific species, interesting patterns emerge. Young scholars discover this as they plot the location of specific species on a group of islands. Patterns emerge as they identify the Wallace Line. They then process their discoveries as proof of natural selection and the shifting of land masses.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate as an introduction to plate tectonics
  • Have pupils read the introduction prior to the activity to save class time
Classroom Considerations

  • An understanding of continental drift is helpful prior to the activity

  • Adaptable to both middle and high school biology classes
  • Includes all necessary pupil materials and resources

  • None