- UC Museum of Paleontology
- Evo in the News article
Time: 30 minutes
This news brief from November 2009 focuses on how changes in atmospheric chemistry may have factored into the evolution of life on Earth, specifically, life's quadrillion-fold growth spurt from microscopic bacteria to organisms the size of the blue whale.
- [History of life: Grades 9-12] Living things have had a major influence on the composition of the atmosphere and on the surface of the planet. (ESS2.E)
- [History of life: Grades 9-12] Rates of evolution vary.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Biological evolution accounts for diversity over long periods of time.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Geological change and biological evolution are linked.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 9-12] The fossil record documents the biodiversity of the past.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] The patterns of life's diversity through time provide evidence of evolution.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] The fossil record provides evidence for evolution.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 9-12] Environmental changes may provide opportunities that can influence natural selection. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- [Nature of science: Grades 9-12] Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)
- [Nature of science: Grades 9-12] Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)
- [Nature of science: Grades 9-12] Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- [Nature of science: Grades 13-16] A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 9-12] Scientists use fossils (including sequences of fossils showing gradual change over time) to learn about past life.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] Our understanding of life through time is based upon multiple lines of evidence.
- Disciplinary Core Idea LS4.B: Natural Selection
- Disciplinary Core Idea LS4.C: Adaptation
- Disciplinary Core Idea ESS2.E: Biogeology
- NOS Matrix understanding category 1. Scientific investigations use a variety of methods.
- NOS Matrix understanding category 2. Scientific knowledge is based on empirical evidence.
- Science and Engineering Practice 2. Developing and using models
- Science and Engineering Practice 4. Analyzing and interpreting data
- Science and Engineering Practice 6. Constructing explanations and designing solutions
This article 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.