Do you teach evolution?
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has produced two videos that describe evolutionary processes using a mix of cartoon illustration and live footage from the Birds-of-Paradise Project. The two videos, “Natural and Sexual Selection: An Illustrated Introduction” and “Speciation: An Illustrated Introduction” are sister pieces designed to help students better understand the fundamentals of evolution. Each video has also been “flipped” onto the TEDEd learning platform with accompanying multiple choice and short answer questions for those who wish to use them.
Learn about how evolution shapes the way animals look and behave by following bird characters Awkward, Armored Shield, Burly, and Fancy as they try to survive and attract mates.
Learn about how new species are formed by tracking the results of blind dates between generations of birds from isolated populations.