Today we completed the analysis for our Nature at Work lab. If you were absent you can PRINT THIS ANALYSIS PAGE or pick one up in class on Monday (ask anyone for the data). We also watched NATURAL SELECTION AND THE POCKET MOUSE which is a real world example of our lab data demonstrating how rapidly color can influence change in populations and supports the ideas Darwin hypothesized about evolution by means of natural selection. Very cool indeed! Anyone still working on their paragraph? This lab and this video give another evidence and analysis point if you need one in explaining how decoding the genome has changed our understanding of life and living things. Genes, mutations, natural selection... WOW!!! Remember if a species doesn't adapt to changing environments over time the species goes extinct... bummer.
If you want to explore more about survival and adaptations and the fun of natural selection you may want to explore THIS SIMULATOR FOR PEPPERED MOTHS or check out THIS WEBSITE WHICH EXPLORES VARIATION OF SPECIES OVER TIME (great website ... click home and explore so much!). Simulators are fun to play!
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