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Five Fingers of Evolution
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Five Fingers of Evolution

All living organisms on Earth share one common ancestor, connected through the process of evolution. What’s evolution? A change in the gene pool over time.

Five processes contribute to evolution, which has continued since life began. Learn a clever way to understand — and remember — how gene pools change.

TED-Ed/Paul Andersen
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Charles Darwin Survival Game

Charles Darwin Survival Game

Play this game, based on Darwin's rules of natural selection, to create a species that will survive one million years in a changing environment. Hint: Go for diversity. More...

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Animal Planet
Lucy’s Giant Leap

Lucy’s Giant Leap

When a tree-dwelling ape species adapted to living on grasslands millions of years ago by walking upright, it was the first major change in an evolutionary chain reaction. Find out what else happened. More...

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History Channel
Human Evolution

Human Evolution

Like all animals, we humans have spread over the globe, changing our habitat to suit our needs. Meet members of our early human family, and see how our modern ancestors evolved. More...

Article
Natural History Museum, London
Wonderful Cichlids

Wonderful Cichlids

In less time than it took apes to evolve into 3 species, cichlids have evolved into thousands of fish species. Take a closer look at them — and find out why their shell is their castle. More...

Article
EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Evolution

Evolution

Life on Earth is astonishingly diverse, thanks to evolution. Discover how evolutionary theory developed, how humans evolved, and a bonus: Charles Darwin's first sketch of the tree of life. More...

Article
Natural History Museum, London
The Zoo of You

The Zoo of You

At times in your embryonic development you had things in common with sharks, worms, and fruit flies. Investigate the similarities and how all creatures on Earth are connected in time, thanks to evolution. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
A New View of the Evolution of Animals

A New View of the Evolution of Animals

Scientists in the fields of paleontology, embryology, anatomy, and genetics are working together to answer questions about the evolution of animals. Find out what they are discovering. More...

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Sea Studios Foundation
All in the Family

All in the Family

All organisms are connected through time, like branches on Darwin’s tree of life. Build your own evolutionary trees to see if you know which species are most closely related — and why. More...

Interactive
PBS
An Origin of Species

An Origin of Species

This family of birds doesn’t seem to share much, including appearance and behavior. Explore how adaptive radiation helped honeycreepers evolve from their common ancestor. More...

Interactive
PBS
Darwin’s Mockingbirds Knock Finches Off Perch

Darwin’s Mockingbirds Knock Finches Off Perch

Finches are the birds credited with helping Charles Darwin reach his conclusions on evolution. But mockingbirds held the actual key. Find out what they told him. More...

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Natural History Museum, London
Dig Deeper: Leslea Hlusko

Dig Deeper: Leslea Hlusko

Evolutionary biology professor Leslea Hlusko describes her inspiration to study what makes us human. Find out why teeth are important. More...

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The Leakey Foundation
Evolution in Action

Evolution in Action

Species evolve over time as their environments change. See for yourself: Change the environment of virtual creatures and see how random mutations help them survive. More...

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NOVA/PBS
How Fish Evolved to Climb Waterfalls with Their Mouths

How Fish Evolved to Climb Waterfalls with Their Mouths

Somewhere along its evolutionary path, this fish repurposed its feeding behavior for another. Find out what it does, and why it tells us about adaption. More...

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National Geographic
Meet Your Relatives

Meet Your Relatives

Just how close are we to our closest relatives? Get an in-depth look at people, chimps, and Neanderthals in this interactive feature. More...

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AMNH
Shape of Trees: The Frustration Principle

Shape of Trees: The Frustration Principle

Traits that help a plant in one way could hurt it in another, but that’s not all bad. Discover why plants that are evolutionarily “frustrated” may be the most likely to survive and reproduce. More...

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PBS
The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace

The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace

Charles Darwin gets all the credit for developing the theory of evolution by natural selection. But another scientist came up with this at the same time. Watch his story and learn why he’s all but forgotten. More...

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New York Times
The Evolution of Flight in Birds

The Evolution of Flight in Birds

Being able to fly ups birds' chances of survival, helping them move away from danger and toward resources. Explore the evolution of bird flight, including how different types of feathers function. More...

Interactive
University of California, Berkeley
Tree of Life: Morphing Arachnids

Tree of Life: Morphing Arachnids

Spiders and scorpions most likely share a common ancestor. On this site you can see how different species evolved over the millennia. More...

Interactive
Yale Peabody Museum
What Makes Us Human?

What Makes Us Human?

The Leakey family has studied hominid fossils in Africa since 1931. Richard Leakey currently supervises research there. Explore human origins, including bipedalism, in this video. More...

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National Geographic
Why Does Evolution Matter Now?

Why Does Evolution Matter Now?

The evolution of drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria affects human health and survival. Medical doctor Jennifer Furin explains how understanding the process of evolution is key to treating illness. More...

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PBS

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