1. Review the definition of theory, establish that evolution is the unifying theory of biology

2 Understand that evolution has two aspects: descent from a common ancestor and adaptation to the environment.

3. Describe how the fossil record, biogeography, comparative anatomy, and comparative biochemistry support a hypothesis of common descent.

4. Understand that natural selection causes changes in allele frequencies in a population.

5. Compare the three types of natural selection: directional selection, stabilizing selection, and disruptive selection.

7. Describe the process of speciation.

8. Describe primate characteristics and compare and contrast the different species of hominids as evidenced in the fossil record.




This unit requires participation in an asynchronous (online) discussion which will address current research on evolution

Discussion Rubric & Guidelines

Evolution Simulation Activities (instructor choice)

Evolution of the Origami Bird
(ELab) Sex and the Single Guppy
(ELab) Evolution of Grabbers
(ELab) Bunnies and Selection

Case Studies

My Brother's Keeper
White-Striped Clover

Other Activities

Homology vs Analogy ( Berkeley)
Examining the Fossil Record
Types of Selection Graphing

Review and Practice Quizzes

Types of Selection (quiz)

Primate and Human Evolution (quiz)

Study Guide


Chapters Covered word iconpowerpoint

Chapter 17 - Darwin and Evolution

- Introduction to Evolution (Discussion) powerpoint
- Ch 17 Darwin and Evolution  powerpoint
- Ch 17 Evidence of Evolution powerpoint

Chapter 18 -Process of Evolution powerpoint

Chapter 19 - Origin of Life powerpoint

Chapter 32 - Human Evolution powerpoint

Articles & Resources

Understanding Evolution (Berkeley.edu)
Talk Origins - explores the evolution/creation controversy

NOVA: Evolution - video, interactives, and discussions
Becoming Human - focuses on human evolution