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Chapter 11

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Learn about evolution by investigating Hawaiian meat-eating caterpillars, what dead bodies tell us, what live bodies tell us, and what molecules tell us. Explore the Tree of Life showing the common ancestors that link all Earth’s creatures. Learn how the combination of random variations and natural selection can produce the amazing features of life, such as vision and the ability to fly.


  • Sickle Cell Mutation Story
    Why do large numbers of people, especially of African descent, have the mutation that causes sickle cell anemia? This video connects the biochemistry of Chapter 10 with the natural selection in Chapter 11. (NOTE: the video is a big file to download.)


  • Fossils in Los Angeles
    Explore the world of Rancho La Brea--one of the world's most famous fossil sites. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the La Brea Tar Pits is home to over three million fossils revealing an entire Ice Age ecosystem.
  • Understanding Evolution
    From the University of California Museum of Paleontology, one of the best sites for understanding and teaching about evolution.

Just Kidding

Free Trip to Hawaii, page 184
Unfortunately, I have already used up all the money that I had available to give readers of my book free airline tickets to Hawaii. I still recommend going to Hawaii to study biodiversity.