Additional Resources

Evolution: Education and Outreach
Editors-in-chief N. Eldredge, G. Eldredg, Springer Press.

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
by Dr. John van Wyhe, University of Cambridge.

NOVA's special Web compilation of their evolution-related programs and materials.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body
Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish. In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. The book won its category in the 2009 Keck Futures Initiative Communications Awards, which recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public.

NEW: Your Inner Fish is now a three-part series on PBS. The series is based on the best-selling book and hosted by author and evolutionary biologist Dr. Neil Shubin. Follow the adventure now on PBS

Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences' Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health exhibit examines impacts of microbial evolution on the spread of disease over the centuries. Visitors can explore characteristics of different bacteria, viruses, and fungi, as well as the diseases that are caused by many of them both virtually and in-house. Explore the exhibit or visit the Koshland Science Museum online.

Infectious Disease Webquest
The Koshland Museum has developed a series of materials for middle and high school educators relating evolution to current science. Two of the classroom activities focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic from both biological and public health angles. Students can also explore the potential of an avian influenza epidemic and develop a suggested public policy campaign through the Infectious Disease webquest. Teachers can also bring students to the museum for a facilitated field trip focusing on Infectious Diseases. Download the HIV/AIDS curriculum supplements. Explore the avian influenza webquest. Learn more about the museum's field trip program.

Science, Evolution, and Creationism Podcast (2005)
Science, Evolution, and Creationism explains the fundamental methods of science, documents the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluates the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including "intelligent design." The podcast, from the series Sounds of Science, gives a brief overview of the report, which was released January 4th.

Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins (2005)
Life on Earth arose nearly 4 billion years ago, bursting forth from air, water, and rock. Though the process obeyed all the rules of chemistry and physics, the details of that original event pose as deep a mystery as any facing science. How did non-living chemicals become alive? While the question is (deceivingly) simple, the answers are unquestionably complex. Genesis tells the tale of transforming scientific advances in our quest for life's origins. Written with grace, beauty, and authority, it goes directly to the heart of who we are and why we are here. (Published by Joseph Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academies Press. The views expressed in this book are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National.)

Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion (2007)
With the publication in 1859 of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation for nature s diversity. This was to be his gift to science and society at last, we had an explanation for how life came to be on Earth. In Darwin's Gift, a voice at once fresh and familiar brings a rational, measured perspective to the science of evolution. An acclaimed evolutionary biologist with a background in theology, Francisco Ayala offers clear explanations of the science, reviews the history that led us to ratify Darwin's theories, and ultimately provides a clear path for a confused and conflicted public. (Published by Joseph Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academies Press. The views expressed in this book are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National.)

Statement on the Teaching of Evolution
InterAcademy Panel on International Issues

Activities, Writings and Resources on Evolution
Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society

Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2005 Holiday Lecture Series

Statements from Scientific Organizations
National Center for Science Education

Position Statement on the Teaching of Evolution
National Science Teacher's Association

National Center for Science Education
Home page

Resources for Teaching Evolution
National Science Teachers Association

Evolution: A Journey Into Where We're From and Where We're Going
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Understanding Evolution
University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education

The AIBS/NCSE Evolution List Server Network
American Institute of Biological Sciences and the National Center for Science Education

Evolution on the Front Line
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Press Room

Political Challenges to the Teaching of Evolution
American Geological Institute