Chapter 17
Evolution of Populations

Chapter Resources

Simulations to teach population genetics (Univ. of Minnesota)

Population Biology Simulations
(from the University of Connecticut)

Evolution 101
(from the Understanding
Evolution web site)

Molecular Evolution
(from Wikipedia)

Hox Genes & Evolution

"Genetic Alchemy"

Turning lobsters into fruit flies (see Lesson 17-4 in the Macaw book)


Q: How can populations evolve to form new species?

Think about it - Darwin developed his theory of natural selection without knowing how heredity worked.

Key Questions Include:

How is evolution defined in genetic terms?
What are the sources of genetic variation?
What determines the numbver of phenotypes for a given trait?
How does natural selection affect single-gene and polygenic traits?
What is genetic drift?
What conditions are required to maintain genetic equilibrium?
What types of isolation lead to the formation of new species?
What is a current hypothesis about Galapagos finch speciation?
What are molecular clocks?
Where do new genes come from?
How may Hox genes be involved in evolutionary change?

SciLinks: Population Genetics


In 1918, an epidemic began that would go on to kill more than 40 million people. What was this terrible disease? It was a variety of the common "flu" that appears every year. How did it get to be so deadly? And could it happen again? Surprisingly, the answer has everything to do with evolution.

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Antibiotics and Evolution