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Darwin's Great Voyage of Discovery
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Students learn about Darwin's voyage on the Beagle by reading excerpts from his letters and journals and mapping his route.
One to two class periods.
- The fossil record documents the biodiversity of the past.
- Occupying new environments can provide new selection pressures and new opportunities, leading to speciation.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.
- Science is a human endeavor.
- Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.
- Our understanding of life through time is based upon multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientists use the geographic distribution of fossils and living things to learn about the history of life.
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