Evolution 101: From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

University of California Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

This page is part of an evolutionary biology tutorial for teachers. It provides an overview of the origins of life. Subsequent pages cover possible mechanisms of abiogenesis, the search for ancient microfossils, and techniques used to study the origins of life. At the end of each page there is a quiz with eight possible questions from students.

Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biology, Evolution:Processes, Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Habitats:Marine, Biology:Evolution, Evolution:Principles
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary, Pedagogic Resources, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Audio/Visual
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Informal, Middle (6-8)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeywords: origin of life, primordial soup, microfossils, most recent common ancestor, tree of life