The Great Snake Debate

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Snakes are just lizards without legs, right? Scholars study the sensational evolutionary history of the snake with a video from a well-written biology playlist. Topics include snake fossils, theories on snake evolution, and characteristics that separate snakes from lizards.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Include the video in an evolution unit or animal characteristics lesson
  • Have the class conduct further research and create arguments for either possible snake ancestral tree
Classroom Considerations

  • Give younger students some context for the video's discussion of molecular genetics with an informative video

  • Great scripting shows the connection between each hypothesis and the lizard species from which snakes may have evolved 
  • Animated maps help to illustrate where scientists found snake fossils and what the continents looked like in that time period

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