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HHMI Educator Tips | Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

HHMI Educator Tips | Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

In my AP Biology class, we begin the year by learning about evolution and natural selection. Students always want to know how humans have evolved over time, which is where the “Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection” activity comes in. I use it, along with the short film “The Biology of Skin Color,” as a …




HHMI Educator Tips | Natural Selection and Chi-Square Activity

HHMI Educator Tips | Natural Selection and Chi-Square Activity

Often, when students learn Mendelian genetics, they are not shown the connection between the passage of traits and the evolutionary mechanisms that influence inheritance. A great BioInteractive resource that shows the intimate and essential connection between Mendelian inheritance and evolution is “The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans,” and its accompanying activity, “Mendelian …



Showcasing Evolution in the Wild

Showcasing Evolution in the Wild

In Nebraska’s Sand Hills, scientists have pulled off a vast unprecedented experiment. It all started with some mice. Scientists thought coat colors matching the soil would help mice survive by camouflaging them from owls and hawks. Gene variants that affect coat color could boost survival, causing them to spread through wild populations. But no one …

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