- UC Museum of Paleontology
- Evo in the News article
Time: 30 minutes
This news brief, from October 2012, describes new research into the evolutionary response that ocean acidification may prompt in some plankton species.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Evolutionary change can sometimes happen rapidly.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] Artificial selection provides a model for natural selection.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Evolution results from natural selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Over time, the proportion of individuals with advantageous traits may increase (and the proportion with disadvantageous traits may decrease) due to their chances of surviving and reproducing.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Natural selection may favor individuals with one extreme value for a trait, shifting the average value of that trait in one direction over the course of many generations.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] Scientists use experimental evidence to study evolutionary processes.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] Scientists use artificial selection as a model to learn about natural selection.
- [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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Use this resource to relate evolutionary concepts to the topics of biogeochemical cycles, global climate change, and ecosystems (or get more suggestions for incorporating evolution throughout your biology syllabus). This article includes a set of discussion and extension questions for use in class, as well as advanced discussion questions for undergraduates. 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.