- UC Museum of Paleontology
- Evo in the News article
Time: 30 minutes
This news brief, from September 2012, describes the aftermath of mass extinctions--what happens to surviving species in the wake of a massive extinction event.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Biological evolution accounts for diversity over long periods of time.
- [History of life: Grades 13-16] Mass extinctions occur.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] The fossil record provides evidence for evolution.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] The fossil record documents the biodiversity of the past.
- [Evidence of evolution: Grades 13-16] The fossil record documents patterns of extinction and the appearance of new forms.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Occupying new environments can provide new selection pressures and new opportunities, leading to speciation.
- [Studying evolution: Grades 13-16] Scientists use fossils (including sequences of fossils showing gradual change over time) to learn about past life.
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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.