Idea Bank: Ring Species through Space and Time—A Class Demo by: Joe Walsh

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Several educators feel that teaching evolution is critical to science education, yet the issue of human evolution is sometimes avoided due to cultural pressures. The class exercise described here was developed to help educators teach this controversial topic. The exercise is based on an idea presented in Richard Dawkin’s excellent book, A Devil’s Chaplain (2003), in which he looks at ring species through space and time.

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  • on Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:15 PM

This author adapted ideas from Richard Dawkins book A Devil’s Chaplain (2003) to provide an example of evolution. This book looks at ring species through space and time. The kinesthetic activity shows the relationship from microevolution to macroevolution/speciation using slightly changing hue colors of paint samples. Once students accept the circle in time concept he then addresses human evolution. In the article he explains how the same paint samples can be used and the shape changed to better relate to human evolution. This is an interesting idea.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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