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View Resource A Strange Fish Indeed

This case study will introduce students to the important concepts of scientific discovery and inquiry through the example of a living coelacanth, a fish which was believed to be extinct for over 70 million years. It would be most useful in upper level biology courses. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where...

View Resource Humans Less Hairy Thanks to Parasites and Sex

This site, from the Australian Broadcasting Company, describes an alternative hypothesis as to why humans lost their fur: "it reduced the number of biting and disease-causing parasites, and made them more sexually attractive." This hypothesis runs contrary to current beliefs that humans lost their body hair in order to control their body temperatures.

View Resource Human Body Lice Reveal the Birthdate of Fashion

This site, from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, relates how the evolution of human body lice was made possible when we developed the habit of wearing clothes some 40,000 years ago. "'This ecological differentiation [between lice which lay their eggs in the scalp and those that lay their eggs in clothes) probably arose when humans adopted frequent use of clothing,' write the researchers....

View Resource Evolution Resources From the National Academies

Science teachers at high schools and colleges will be glad to learn about the wide range of materials on the subject of evolution that are available on this very fine website. The site is maintained by the National Academies, and the resources here are divided into sections that include "Reports", "Statements", "Research Papers on Evolution", and "Academies' Articles". In the "Reports" area,...

View Resource NCSR: Introduction to Mammalogy

Published by the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources, this material introduces the characteristics, evolution, classification, adaptations, ecology, and natural history of mammals.

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