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Have long wings, will travel - December, 2020
This year, many Americans are refraining from holiday travel to slow the spread of COVID-19. While we are stuck at home, though, many of us can look out the window or take a walk to appreciate a different sort of annual trek, one that continues in full swing … or, in this case, full wing: the annual migration of monarch butterflies. New research reveals how these butterflies have evolved as they spread around the world.

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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 The ChronoZoom Time Atlas of Earth History and Big History
Explore the insights into evolution provided by Big History. These graphic panels help explain deep time and life's place in this vast timeline.

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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