Evolution: Fact , Fiction, or Opinion

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Cut out each strip with a statement regarding evolution. Dicuss with your group and sort the strips as either "fact," "fiction," or "opinion."

There are no transitional fossils.

Humans are more evolved than reptiles.

The theory of evolution has changed since the time of Darwin.

Humans evolved from monkeys.

To be good at their job, scientists should believe in evolution.

Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.

All traits are adaptations produced by natural selection. ‍

Religion and evolution are incompatible.

Natural selection is another word for evolution.

Evolution can be observed.

Natural selection acts for the good of the species.

Natural selection leads to greater complexity.

Mutations cannot create new traits.

If evolution can be disproven, then creationism must be true.

The earth is about 10,000 years old.

There is evidence that dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

Evolution should be taught in biology classes.

Evolution ensures that all organisms are perfectly adapted.

Humans share a common ancestor with chimpanzees.

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Answer key contains resources for further discussion .

Resources: Evolution Myths and Misconceptions

Resources for Teaching Evolution

Peppered Moth Simulation – updated simulation on the peppered moth

Stickleback Fish –  This HHMI virtual lab requires students to count the phenotypes of stickleback fish in two distinct lakes

Natural Selection with Bunnies and Wolves – interactive simulation at phet.colorado.edu where students manipulate variables such as climate, fur color, presence of predator, or food limitations.

African Elephant: Change Over Time – examine a graph showing the number of elephants with tusks, showing that the number has changed as a result of poaching