Evolution: Co-evolution Case Study

Having learned key vocabulary concepts about co-evolution and symbiosis, and with images of parasites fresh in our minds, we will now transition to the Infectious Organism Comic Strip Project.  Students will read through both the Infection Comic Strip Grading Rubric document, as well as the List of Infectious Organisms.  Students will select their preferred infectious organisms and submit their preference to the teacher for placement into groups.

To complete the day, students should visit the UC Berkeley Understanding Evolution website and read through the Coevolution and Case Study of Coevolution pages, then read through and take detailed notes from the Biological warfare and the coevolutionary arms race case study.  For the biological warfare case study, your notes should include complete answers to the questions on the first slide (also listed below).  Students should also complete the Science Article Summary Worksheet for the case study.

  • What is coevolution?
  • How do living and non-living environments shape organisms through natural selection?
  • How do evolutionary trade-offs restrict adaptation?
  • How can we use the methods of science to answer questions about the natural world?

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