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This is a companion site to the PBS series Evolution. It contains numerous interactive exercises and simulations keyed to the episodes of the show. The Evolution Library has a large number of useful resources indexed by topic. While it is listed as a reference site, it contains animations, simulations, and tutorials as part of the larger site.
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Date Added to MERLOT: January 21, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 12, 2017
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed
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Technical Requirements: Some parts require shockwave and either RealVideo or QuickTime
Language: English
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Avatar for pyle tena
23 weeks ago

pyle tena (Teacher (K-12))

Science evolved through issues humans have with their environment and thus the study /creation of hypotheses originated.This ongoing inquisitive search for resolving humanistic issues as it relates to their environment alas result in in the study of science which lead to different science disciplines such as Mathematics ,medicine,Social Sciences and physical sciences etc.

Avatar for Elizabeth Abanto
1 year ago

Elizabeth Abanto (Staff)

I like that the website has options for students,teachers, and has an evolution library.

Avatar for carmelo carbone
2 years ago

carmelo carbone (Student)

I like this site because it gives you a lot of options to choose from. I would you use this to teach the class about Darwin and concept of survival of the fittest. I would talk about Darwin's finches and how each finch adapted to different environments over time. It even offers background information about Darwin himself which can serve as an intro to the lesson.

Avatar for Ryan Williamson
3 years ago

Ryan Williamson (Teacher (K-12))

Page layout incredibly small, flash window even smaller, text in flash window smaller still. Amounts to glorified textbook with occasional annoying sound effects. Pictures too small to be worthwhile, text hard and inconvenient to read because of size problems on page. No use of actual animation, doesn't include anything you couldn't get better elsewhere.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 mins

Avatar for TNCC Biology
3 years ago

TNCC Biology (Faculty)

Can be used as assignments outside of class or animations can be used as part of class. Excellent set of animations and materials.

Time spent reviewing site: Have used for several years. 10-15 hours spent going over parts of the site.
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Avatar for Jim Bidlack
4 years ago

Jim Bidlack (Faculty)

A very good introduction into evoultion, it includes all the topics new biology students need to learn, or are considered about. The site is very interactive, and it would be a very good resource for students.

Time spent reviewing site: A few minutes.
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Avatar for Kara Nash
11 years ago

Kara Nash (Student)

Excellent graphics, easy to use and the pictures and text were fabulous.
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Avatar for Jeff Noll
13 years ago

Jeff Noll (Student)

The PBS evolution web site is truly exceptional. The content covers an
impressive breadth and depth of evolutionary theory. Furthermore, the design of
the site is logical and easy to follow. If used in conjunction with the video
series, students could develop a true understanding of evolutionary concepts.

Technical Remarks:

The plug-ins add an extra level of interest by making the web site more
interactive. Each section of the web page has an adequate level of variety in
format to maintain interest regardless of learning preference.
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Avatar for   Workshop Participant
13 years ago

Workshop Participant

This is really a great resource. Navigation is excellent, graphics useful.
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Avatar for   Workshop Participant
13 years ago

Workshop Participant

Nice layout; beautiful pictures

Technical Remarks:

easy to navigate
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