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Comic strip: Survival of the sneakiest

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Overview:
This comic follows the efforts of a male cricket as he tries to attract a mate, and in the process, debunks common myths about what it means to be evolutionarily "fit."

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
6-8

Time:
10 minutes

Teaching tips:
Use the questions at the end of the comic to stimulate class discussion on the concept of fitness.

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

  • There is a fit between organisms and their environments, though not always a perfect fit. (LS4.C)

  • Traits that are advantageous often persist in a population. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

  • Individual organisms with advantageous traits are more likely to survive and have offspring. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

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