Ten Great Ideas: Evolution
Human DNA shows that humans almost went extinct at least twice in our recent history.
|Awe-inspiring webpage where you can zoom in and out to see where humans fit into the tree of life||Link||onezoom.org. Do a search for 'humans' to give||5 Star|
|We are all monkeys||One of my all-time favourite videos. YouTube. 4 mins||5 Star|
|Darwin Day rap||Fantastic. From Baba Brinkman on YouTube|
|Vestiges of evolution||Link||Proof of evolution that you can find on your body. YouTube. 4 mins|
How does evolution actually work?
|The process of evolution through natural selection is the focus of this video segment from Evolution, which presents a field study of hummingbird speciation in Ecuador.||4 Star|
|Evolution v Natural Selection||From minutephysics 3 minutes YouTube|
|Five Fingers of Evolution||Link||How can a "thumbs up" sign help us remember five processes that impact evolution? YouTube 5 mins. Via Ted-Ed.|
|The Tree Of Life||YouTube 6 mins David Attenborough||5 Star|
|Overview||Homepage of becominghuman.org||4 Star|
|The highway of life: the ancestors of all mammals||YouTube 6 mins. The Science Channel||5 Star|
|The Ape family tree||A nice image of where humans fit in the evolutionary tree.
I like that it shows that there's nothing special about the postion of humans
|Much, much more detailed from The Imperial College, London||Link||Exploring the evolutionary tree of life is now as easy as navigating an online map, thanks to a new interactive website.
From onezoom.org. Can you even find humans on this map?
|Video introducing onezoom.org||YouTube 4 mins||5 Star|
|In The Beginning - Richard Dawkins||Link||YouTube 5 mins|
|The vastness of time||Link||Links to another page on this (greatideas.ie) website|
|Evolution of humans|
|Planet of the Apemen||Story/ documentary. YouTube. 1 hour|
|Ten useless body parts||YouTube. 3 mins||5 Star|
|What evidence is there for human evolution?||Nice video-excerpt from teachersdomain on idea of rapid evolution at key stages in geological history||4 Star|
|How unstable climate lead to the evolution of the human species||From teachersdomain. 5 mins||4 Star|
|Homo Sapiens - The Birth of Humanity||Link||NOVA documentary. YouTube. 50 mins|
|Humans May Have Faced Extinction One Million Years Ago||Link||From scientificamerican.com|
|12 minute overview||YouTube. Courtesy of the SciShow||4 Star|
|When Neanderthals and Modern Humans Meet||Link||Human evolution from 60,000 – 30,000 years ago
Video of a lecture by Professor Tom Higham, University of Oxford.
YouTube. 50 mins
|Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins||Link||From the nytimes.com|
|Why did one species of humans apparently evolve into dwarves?||Link||Webpage from sapiens.org|
|Evolution of birds|
|How did feathers evolve?||YouTube 3 mins||4 Star|
|How dinosaurs evolved into birds||YouTube 3 mins||4 Star|
|Evolution of the eye||Short video from pbs.org|
|TED-Ed via YouTube. 4 mins|
|Myths and misconceptions||How does evolution really work? Actually, not how some of our common evolutionary metaphors would have us believe.
Alex Gendler on Ted-Ed. YouTube. 4 mins
|Research shows that kids can understand evolution if taught||The idea that evolution shouldn't be taught to young children because it is too difficult is incorrect, according to professor of psychology Daniel Willingham. Blog post. So why isn't it taught?|
|Are some science teachers failing their pupils by not confronting creationist arguments when they come up during lessons on evolution?||theguardian.com|
|Play the evolution game||Wonderful educational activity||5 Star|
|Teaching evolution in Kentuky||Link||Blogpost|
|Series of teaching resources|
Biology at teachersdomain.org, including wonderful resources on evolution
|Another series of resources||From PBS.org||5 Star|
|Evolution playlist on YouTube||25 videos on Evolution on YouTube|
|Extreme examples of evolution|
|Hyperparasites||Wasps that lay eggs in wasps that lay eggs in caterpillars. Text based from Discover magazine|
|Parasitic wasp turns roaches into zombie slaves using neurotoxic cocktail||Text-based. From iflscience.com|
|The spookfish||YouTube. 1 min|
|All Things Dull and Ugly - Monty Python||YouTube. 2 mins||5 Star|
|Evolution of Camouflage||Link||1 min video from pbslearningmedia.org|
|Discovery of DNA||Youtube|