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Students learn the differences between “gradualism” and “punctuated equilibrium” by manipulating two sets of simulated fossils (Caminalcules).
1-2 class periods.
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- Background extinctions are a normal occurrence.
- Rates of extinction vary.
- The fossil record provides evidence for evolution.
- The fossil record documents patterns of extinction and the appearance of new forms.
- Rates of evolution vary.