Speciation

Why can't mules have babies? Answer this—and other burning animal kingdom mysteries—with a short, sweet speciation video! Zoology scholars examine the ins and out of evolution, the role geography plays in inheritable traits, and, most of all, why dog-cat hybrids do not exist.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include the video in a lesson about animal species or natural selection
  • Provide research time and ask individuals to search for hybrid species, such as zonkies
Classroom Considerations

  • Younger learners would benefit from some review of Darwin's theories before delving into speciation
Pros

  • The content is very interesting and presented clearly
  • Narrator makes use of cool example animals, which keeps viewers focused
Cons

  • None
Common Core