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View Resource Scars of Evolution

This radio broadcast explores the history of and evidence for the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis (AAH), an idea about human evolution developed 45 years ago by Sir Alister Hardy. The origin of physical characteristics that set us apart from other apes are considered, such as: bipedalism, which may have evolved from standing in water to harvest shellfish; large brains, which need iodine, DHA...

View Resource Howard Hughes Medical Institute: 2011 Holiday Lectures

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsors a series of holiday lectures every year, and many of the past talks are available on this site. There are over twenty holiday lectures here, and the site has a handful of informal talks as well. Perhaps what is most helpful to the casual visitor is that the talks are delivered in a non-technical, yet erudite and learned, fashion. For the individual who...

View Resource Human Origins Program: In Search of What Makes Us Human

The Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian "is dedicated to understanding the biological and cultural foundations of human life." Their new site gives visitors an accessible and informative tour of the current state of human paleontology. At the heart of the site is a hypertext family tree of early human phylogeny that helps users see not only the relations between various incarnations of human...

View Resource BIODIDAC: A Bank of Digital Resources for Teaching Biology

BIODIDAC is a searchable database of free digital imagery and documents for use by educators in the biological sciences. Collectively, there are approximately 5593 items available in organismal biology (including sections for eubacteria, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia), 367 records for human biology, and 535 items for histology. An annotated list is provided of additional sites hosting...

View Resource The Missing Link: Evolution in Action

This interactive game from PBS's NOVA Online allows students to observe a population of virtual creatures as they evolve under changing conditions. Background color, controlled by the student, represents environmental conditions, while the color of the organism indicates certain adaptations and mutations. Students are able to see how changes in environmental conditions support some colors of...

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