Chapter 12: The History of Life

Fossils

Video in which museum researcher and curator, Lance Grande, discusses how fossils are unearthed from an ancient lake bed in Wyoming and what they can tell us

http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/multimedia/science-fmnh-ep-17-wyoming-52-million-years-ago

(Main Idea: Fossils can form in several ways.)

 

 

Radiocarbon Dating

Animation explaining the science behind radiocarbon dating

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/radiocarbon-dating.html

(Main Idea: Radiometric dating provides an accurate estimate of a fossil’s age.)

 

 

Geologic Time

Timeline that gives you a sense of the immensity of geologic time

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/variation/time/

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/variation/time/

(Main Idea: The geologic time scale organizes Earth’s history.)

 

 

Earth Throughout Time

Interactive map providing information about the geography and paleontology of any location, organized by geologic time

http://www.paleoportal.org/index.php?globalnav=time_space

http://www.paleoportal.org/index.php?globalnav=time_space

(Main Idea: The geologic time scale organizes Earth’s history.)

 

 

Fossil Gallery

Gallery of fossils organized by geologic time

http://www.paleoportal.org/index.php?globalnav=fossil_gallery&sectionnav=main

(Main Idea: The geologic time scale organizes Earth’s history.)

 

 

Origins of Life

Video describing research aimed at uncovering the origins of life

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/origins-life.html

(Main Idea: Several sets of hypotheses propose how life began on Earth.)

 

 

Organic Molecules

Podcast discussing current research elaborating on the Miller-Urey experiments, in which amino acids were produced from a simulation of early Earth

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=the-origin-of-life-11-03-27

(Main Idea: Several sets of hypotheses propose how life began on Earth.)

 

 

Endosymbiosis

Tutorial describing the theory that eukaryotes evolved through endosymbiosis

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/endosymbiosis_01

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/endosymbiosis_01

(Main Idea: Eukaryotic cells may have evolved through endosymbiosis.)

 

 

Evolution of Sex

Podcast about a study revealing the genetic benefits of sexual reproduction

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=study-sheds-light-on-why

(Main Idea: The evolution of sexual reproduction led to increased diversity.)

 

 

History of Life

Interactive geologic timescale highlighting some plant and animals of each period

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/brief-history-life.html

(Main Ideas: Life moved onto land during the Paleozoic era. Reptiles radiated during the Mesozoic era. Mammals radiated during the Cenozoic era.)

 

 

Dinosaur Exhibit

Virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaurs exhibit

http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/interactives/tour/main.html

(Main Idea: Reptiles radiated during the Mesozoic era.)

 

Dinosaur Info

Gallery of information on dinosaurs

http://animal.discovery.com/dinosaurs

(Main Idea: Reptiles radiated during the Mesozoic era.)

 

 

Human Evolution Timeline

Interactive timeline of human evolution

http://www.becominghuman.org/node/human-lineage-through-time

http://www.becominghuman.org/node/human-lineage-through-time

(Main Idea: There are many fossils of extinct hominids.)

 

 

Hominid Skulls

Interactive tutorial in which you identify a mystery skull

http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-fossils/mystery-skull-interactive

(Main Idea: There are many fossils of extinct hominids.)

 

 

Evidence of Human Evolution

Interactive multimedia presentation describing various lines of evidence behind our current understanding of human evolution

http://www.exploratorium.edu/evidence/

http://www.exploratorium.edu/evidence/

(Main Idea: Modern humans arose nearly 200,000 years ago.)