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Evo in the news: Seeing the tree for the twigs

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Overview:
Recent research has revealed that, in at least some ways, chimpanzees have evolved more than humans have. This news brief from May 2007 delves into this finding further and, in the process, debunks common misperceptions of human evolution.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
13-16

Time:
15 minutes

Teaching tips:
This article includes a set of discussion and extension questions for use in class, as well as a sidebar that would be appropriate for AP students. It also includes hints about related lessons that might be used in conjunction with this one. This example could be easily integrated into instruction on molecular genetics, since it deals with the genetic code. Get more tips for using Evo in the News articles in your classroom.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Present-day species evolved from earlier species; the relatedness of organisms is the result of common ancestry.

  • An organism's features reflect its evolutionary history.

  • Mutation is a random process.

  • Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.

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