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Teach the Earth > Teaching Methods > Earth History Approach > Teaching the Central Themes of Science > Evolution

Evolution

"We can only understand macroevolution - the comings and goings of species and higher taxa through time - if we link the microevolutionary processes studied by geneticists with Earth's dynamic environmental history."

- Knoll, 2003 , Life on a Young Planet.

Evidence for evolution is often taught using the fossil record and biogeography whereas the mechanisms of evolution are generally taught from a genetic and molecular/cell biology perspective. Taught together, modern biology and Earth history can be used to teach a well-rounded basic unit on evolution or to deal with particular important and problematic topics such as:

Kendra examines orthoceras fossils in a matrix

The above list is by no means complete.

Courses

As evolution is a very broad topic, a variety of different courses on the subject will use Earth history in different ways.

Resources

See also the Mechanisms of Evolution Links

Below are web resources relevant to the specific subjects described above.

Astrobiology Biodiversity Speciation and Extinctions
Taxonomy

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