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Comic strip: Survival of the sneakiest


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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."

UC Museum of Paleontology

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10 minutes

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

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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