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Students who may be disinterested or uncomfortable with the science of evolution often wonder why it is worth their time and effort to understand. Stated Clearly and Emory University's Center for Science Education have joined forces to create this animation addressing these concerns.
The discovery of biological evolution is among the most significant scientific findings of the last 200 years. It has lead us to thousands of new discoveries and is greatly expanding our understanding of the natural world.
Here we look at 3 mysteries which were solved by using Darwin's theory of evolution. The understanding we have gained is having a dramatic impact on food security, disease control, and environmental conservation.
This material is based upon work supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program award to Emory University, award#52006923. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or Emory University.
For further information on each of the three discoveries, you can follow these links:
WHY ARE FISH SHRINKING IN SIZE?
Article about David O. Conover's research on fish size: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/conover_01
Scientific paper by David O. Conover and his team on fish size: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12098697
WHERE DID HIV COME FROM?
Radio Lab segment on the pandemic of HIV and the discovery of its origins: http://www.radiolab.org/story/169885-aids/
Article on HIV's origins: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/news/081101_hivorigins
Scientific paper on the 1959 blood sample with HIV: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v391/n6667/full/391594a0.html
Scientific paper on the origins of HIV: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3234451/
WHY ARE GRASSLANDS TURNING INTO DESERTS?
TED talk by Allan Savory: http://www.ted.com/speakers/allan_savory
Paper on holistic management: http://www.savoryinstitute.com/media/40626/A-Global-Strategy-for-Addressing-Climate-Change-2-original-.pdf
Rebuttal to criticisms of Allan's work: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/aug/19/grazing-livestock-climate-change-george-monbiot-allan-savory?CMP=twt_gu
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