Lab 8 Evolution and Community Ecology

For Lab 8, you will complete two exercises:

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Exercise 12 – Evolution

Learning Objectives

After completing this lab, the students will be able to:

  • Define natural selection, adaptation, and genetic diversity.
  • Describe how genetic variation allows a population to survive during environmental changes.
  • Explain how natural selection controls the genetic diversity found in populations.

Lab Readings

Read the following materials before you begin the experiment.

1. Evolution 101 (University of California Museum of Paleontology) 

  1. Evolution (Boundless Biology at Lumen Learning) 

Evolution and the Origin of Species 

The Evolution of Populations 

  1. Module 12: Theory of Evolution (Lumen Learning) 


  1. View this Evolution Continues video or on YouTube before you start the lab activity.

Lab Activity

This interactive module allows students to examine fossils of early humans and compare them to modern primates. Please follow the instructions below to begin the experiment.