Evolution in a Big City

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Intriguing! With color-coded maps and eye-catching animation, Professor Jason Munshi-South expounds on how, by taking a DNA sample from a New York City mouse, biologists can determine which park it lives in. This is because urban development has isolated mouse populations into smaller areas, and each population has undergone evolutionary changes that make it unique. This little lecture would be a wonderful addition to your lesson on adaptation and evolution in species.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • Interesting and applicable topic
  • Creative animation makes the lecture more appealing
  • Comprehension questions provided
  • When working on NGSS life science, this would make a pertinent resource

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