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ERIC Number: ED555017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 56
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-309-08991-3
Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to "Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science"
Olson, Steve
National Academies Press
As both individuals and societies, we are making decisions today that will have profound consequences for future generations. From preserving Earth's plants and animals to altering our use of fossil fuels, none of these decisions can be made wisely without a thorough understanding of life's history on our planet through biological evolution. Companion to the best selling title "Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science" (ED420513), "Evolution in Hawaii" examines evolution and the nature of science by looking at a specific part of the world. Tracing the evolutionary pathways in Hawaii, we are able to draw powerful conclusions about evolution's occurrence, mechanisms, and courses. This practical book has been specifically designed to give teachers and their students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of evolution using exercises with real genetic data to explore and investigate speciation and the probable order in which speciation occurred based on the ages of the Hawaiian Islands. By focusing on one set of islands, this book illuminates the general principles of evolutionary biology and demonstrate how ongoing research will continue to expand our knowledge of the natural world. A selected bibliography, a teaching exercise, "Tracing the Evolutionary Origins of Picture-Winged 'Drosophila' Species" (teacher's manual, data tables, student reading, and student worksheet), and an index are included. [This study was supported by funds from the Council of the National Academy of Sciences.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academies, National Academy of Sciences
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii