- UC Museum of Paleontology
- Evo in the News article
Time: 30 minutes
Even as the world loses species at an unprecedented rate, conservationists are struggling to save them. But where should they focus their efforts? This news brief from September 2009 describes new research suggesting that evolutionary history is an important factor in determining which species are at the gravest risk of extinction.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Present-day species evolved from earlier species; the relatedness of organisms is the result of common ancestry.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] During the course of evolution, only a small percentage of species have survived until today.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] The fossil record provides evidence for evolution.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] There are similarities and differences among fossils and living organisms.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life, for example in agriculture, biodiversity and conservation biology, and medicine and health.
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This article encourages students to reason about scientific data. It includes a set of discussion and extension questions for use in class, as well as a video podcast. It also includes hints about related lessons that might be used in conjunction with this one. Get more tips for using Evo in the News articles in your classroom.