Evolution: Are you related to a sea monster?
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About Evolution: Are you related to a sea monster? Virtual Lab Simulation
This is the full-length “Evolution” simulation. For shorter, more targeted versions, see the Related simulations below.
Explore the evolution of a sea monster! In this simulation, you will learn about evolution and population genetics. Follow the evolution of a single cell to a 30-meter long blue whale.
How did a small wolf-like mammal with hooves turn into a large whale? From a single mutation to an allele stuck in a population of Pakicetus, you will learn about the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, explore allele frequency over multiple generations, and how natural selection impacts an island population of Pakicetus.
Use a next-generation sequencing machine to analyze the genetic sequence of a sea monster to discover it’s evolutionary ancestry. Compare the genetic sequence with that of different known sequences to identify the species of a sea monster.
You will then explore the genetic heritance of the creature. How did evolution help a small, four-legged land dweller to become the largest animal to ever swim the oceans?
Test the evolutionary theory
Using modern techniques, you will do research on what seems to be a sea monster that has washed up on a beach. You will dive into the evolutionary processes of similar creatures of the sea to find out if they might be related. Is the sea monster really what it seems?
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Techniques in Lab
- Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium
- Genetic drift
- Phylogenetic interpretation
At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…
- Understand how populations evolve by adapting to their environment
- Understand the basic mechanisms of evolution
- Understand evolution as the foundation of biology and show evidence for it
- Use DNA sequencing and phylogenetic trees to identify an unknown creature
- Deal with common misconceptions about the theory of evolution
Examples of Related Standards
Life Science related 1st year onwards
HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS3-3
Biology Big Idea 1: Evolution
Biology Unit 7: Natural Selection
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