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'Puppy-dog eyes' produced by evolution - September, 2019
If you are a dog owner, you likely think of your dog as a true friend — a creature you can relate to and who relates to you. This connection doesn't need words. Perhaps your dog looks up at you and makes those big puppy-dog eyes, and you know his meaning: time for a treat! New research suggests this phenomenon is neither an accident nor your imagination. Domestic dogs' ability to communicate with us via facial expression is instead the result of tens of thousands of years of dogs' evolution alongside humans.

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Beetle walking on branchThe Beetle Project: Investigating insects in a warming world
Teach high school and college students about connections between evolution and climate change with this new set of lab activities using live lady beetles!
Hubble Telescope A Place for Life: A special astronomy exhibit of Understanding Evolution
Biology and paleontology provide an increasingly detailed picture of the evolution of life. Natural selection has resulted in a huge range of organisms living in a multitude of environments, and the geological record shows us how the Earth as a whole has changed over time. To understand the stage on which the evolution of life plays out, however, we must turn to astronomy.

Pleistocene puzzle cover page A Pleistocene Puzzle: Extinction in South America
In this comic, you'll follow the investigation of scientists Maria and Miguel as they solve a paleontological mystery. About 11,000 years ago, more than 80% of the large animal species in South America went extinct. Why did it happen? Maria and Miguel study an area in Chile called Ultima Esperanza. They discover many different lines of evidence that point to a warming climate and the arrival of humans as key causes of the extinctions.

Evo Connection Evo Connection slide sets
This series of short slide sets explain several basic biology topics in evolutionary terms. Each set includes notes to help you present every slide.
Jackson Njau CSI: Olduvai Gorge. The work of Jackson Njau
Follow paleoanthropologist Jackson Njau as he examines fossil evidence for clues of crocodile predation on early hominids.
Kim Bostwick How boogieing birds evolved: The work of Kim Bostwick
When ornithologist Kim Bostwick goes hunting with her binoculars, she's not just looking for birds; she's looking for untold evolutionary stories.

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