In this activity, students explore the phenomenon of convergent evolution presented in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. They build and interpret phylogenetic trees to infer how certain adaptations evolved among the Anole lizard populations of the Car
This activity explores the concepts and research on the anole lizards discussed in the short film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, including adaptation by natural selection, convergent evolution, and the formation of new species.
This activity extends concepts covered in the film Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture. Students infer whether someone is likely to be lactase persistent or nonpersistent based on the data from two different tests.
In this activity, students simulate a lactose tolerance test, similar to the one shown in the short film The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture, to determine which samples contain the lactase enzyme.
These two activities support the Click & Learn Sorting Seashells, in which students consider the morphological characteristics of seashells to construct an evolutionary tree. Students use seashell cards as a pre-activity to explore grouping organisms by shared characteristics.