Holly Dunsworth at Mermaid’s tale blog put together an wonderful commentary with free and online materials. Her audience is anthropology students, but others can also benefit from the materials on evolution. Especially, pay attention to unit 2.
Here are the topics. You can access the links from her blog post.
Explaining the similarities and differences. How evolution works.
Why are we like our parents but not exactly? Same for other species: why are we like them but not exactly? How did human traits evolve? What is our “inner fish” etc.? What was the last common ancestor (LCA) between humans and chimps like? How do we know when and where it lived?
2.1 Inheritance: Chromosomes
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 3: Handy Genes - Shubin
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 4: Teeth Everywhere - Shubin
YIF: The Evolution of Your Teeth (video; 3 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohq3CoOKEoo
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 5: Getting ahead - Shubin
YIF: Our Fishy Brain (video; 2.5 mins) http://video.pbs.org/video/2365207797/
In a page or more: What did you learn about how to do paleontology from the reading? What does he mean by your “inner shark”?
Developing the Chromosome Theory O Connor (Nature Ed)
Genetic Recombination Clancy (Nature Ed)
2.2 Inheritance and gene expression: DNA, RNA, proteins
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 6: The Best-Laid (Body) Plans - Shubin
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 7: Adventures in Bodybuilding - Shubin
In a page or more: What are Hox genes and what do they have to do with linking a fruit fly to you? What is one benefit of being a sponge?
What is a Gene? Colinearity and Transcription Units Pray (Nature Ed)
RNA functions Clancy (Nature Ed)
Hox Genes in Development: The Hox Code Myers (Nature Ed)
2.3 Inheritance and gene expression: Mendelian genetics
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 8: Making Scents - Shubin
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 9: Vision - Shubin
YIF: Finding the Origins of Human Color Vision (video; 5 mins) http://video.pbs.org/video/2365207765/
Your Inner Fish, Chapter 10: Ears - Shubin
YIF: We Hear with the Bones that Reptiles Eat With (video; 4 mins) http://video.pbs.org/video/2365207244/
In a page or more: Is it fair to say that when you smell something, that something is touching your brain? Why is it called the eyeless gene if you can have it and still have eyes? How does hearing work? What does your ear do besides hear, and how? What does drinking lots of alcohol do to your ears?
Gregor Mendel and the Principles of Inheritance Miko (Nature Ed)
Mendelian Genetics: Patterns of Inheritance and Single-Gene Disorders Chial (Nature Ed)
2.4 - The reality of inherited traits = Complexity; Hox genes and development
Things Genes Cannot Do Weiss and Buchanan (Aeon)
Insanity: genes ‘versus’ environment as causes Weiss (The Mermaid s Tale)
Developmental Plasticity and the Hard-Wired Problem Clarkin (kevishere)
In a page or more: Reflect meaningfully on these articles and highlight something that you already knew, but also the things that you learned that are brand new to you.
Phenotypic Range of Gene Expression: Environmental Influence Lobo and Shaw (Nature Ed)
Genetic Dominance: Genotype-Phenotype Relationships Miko (Nature Ed)
Pleiotropy: One Gene Can Affect Multiple Traits Lobo (Nature Ed)
Polygenic Inheritance and Gene Mapping Chial (Nature Ed)
What Works Works. But What Works?: Genomes as works in progress Weiss (Evol Anth) Posted on Sakai
2.5 - Population genetics and evolution
Paleofantasy , Intro - Zuk
Paleofantasy, Chapter 1: Cavemen in Condos - Zuk
Scenario worksheet, 1 - Located at end of syllabus
In a page or more: What’s the point of Zuk s book? How familiar are you with “paleo” diet and other kinds of lifestyle choices that fall under that umbrella?
Mutations Are the Raw Materials of Evolution Carlin (Nature Ed)
Natural selection, genetic drift and gene flow do not act in isolation in natural populations Andrews (Nature Ed)
Neutral Theory: The null hypothesis of molecular evolution Duret (Nature Ed)
2.6 - Natural selection
Paleofantasy, Chapter 2: Are We Stuck? - Zuk
In a page or more: What does Zuk mean by, “are we stuck?” and what’s the answer?
Negative selection Loewe (Nature Ed)
2.7 - Sexual selection, Modern Synthesis, and more on epigenetics
Paleofantasy, Chapter 3: Crickets, sparrows, and Darwins- or, evolution before our eyes - Zuk
Scenario worksheet, 2 - Located at end of syllabus
In a page or more: How can natural selection explain the silent crickets?
Sexual selection Brennan (Nature Ed)
2.8 - Recent human evolution: Malaria resistance and lactase persistence
Paleofantasy, Chapter 4: The perfect paleofantasy diet: Milk - Zuk
Wisdom Teeth worksheet - Located at end of syllabus
In a page or more: How can natural selection explain lactase persistence?
Natural Selection: Uncovering Mechanisms of Evolutionary Adaptation to Infectious Disease Sabeti (Nature Ed)
2.9 - Understanding evolutionary mechanisms; Building evolutionary scenarios
Evolution is the only natural explanation Dunsworth (The Mermaids Tale)
The F-words of Evolution Dunsworth (The Mermaids Tale)
Another F-word of evolution Dunsworth (The Mermaids Tale)
Mutation not natural selection drives evolution Tarlach (about Nei; Discover Mag)
Drift vs. Selection worksheet - Located at end of syllabus
In a page or more: Reflect on what you already knew and, more importantly, what you learned from each of the readings that’s new.
2.10 - Species and speciation
Primate Speciation: A Case Study of African Apes Mitchell and Gonder (Nature Ed)
In a page or more: What are some hypotheses for how or why the African apes, including humans, diverged? Why might gene trees and species trees not agree with one another?
Why should we care about species? Hey (Nature Ed)
Speciation: The origin of new species Safran (Nature Ed)
The maintenance of species diversity Levine (Nature Ed)
Macroevolution: Examples from the Primate World Clee and Gonder (Nature Ed)
2.11 - Genomics, fused chromosomes, molecular clocks, and the LCA
Lice and Human Evolution (video; 11 mins) http://video.pbs.org/video/1790635347/
Time Tree: http://www.timetree.org/
Speciation and molecular clocks worksheet - Located at end of syllabus
The Onion Test Gregory (Genomicron) http://www.genomicron.evolverzone.com/2007/04/onion-test/
The Molecular Clock and Estimating Species Divergence Ho (Nature Ed)