What Caused Life's Major Evolutionary Transitions?

Scientists regularly observe evolution, but what are the major transitions? A short, engaging video explains the transition from genes to genomes, and then highlights the move from simple cells to complex cells. Finally, the narrator focuses on singled-celled to multi-celled organisms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss if human society counts as a major evolutionary transition
  • Hypothesize why the author shared so many peer-reviewed journal articles throughout the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of evolution and genetic mutation
Pros

  • Highlights famous scientists and their findings
  • Offers closed captioning in English, Portuguese, and Serbian
Cons

  • None