This American Association for the Advancement of Science site promotes the scientific robustness of the contemporary theory of biological evolution. It seeks to engage the religious communities in support of research on and education about evolution. Includes discussions of dissenting views, such as intelligent design and creationism. Also find full-text versions of related major federal court decisions.
Site traces the cosmic origin and evolution of all matter and energy, from the initial Big Bang through the seven epochs of 12 billion years of time. Explores significant milestones using an interdisciplinary approach with movies, diagrams, animations, educational activities, and text. Provides a glossary, references, and links to related sites. Caution: movies may require lengthy download. From Tufts University, Wright Center for Science Education, and the Foundation for the Future.
The website for a 2005-2006 American Museum of Natural History exhibit about evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. It features essays about Darwin's life as a naturalist and his theories about evolution and natural selection, images, video and audio clips, and a webcam of the Galapagos tortoise exhibit at the museum. Also includes an educator's guide and links to related websites.
This website's goal is to provide the literature of evolution within a historically and topically coherent structure. The site features the full text of works by Charles Darwin, essays on evolutionary science since Darwin and on the cultural implications of the evolutionary theory, and a bibliography. From the library of the American Museum of Natural History.
Explores the relationship of scientific evidence and religious faith.
Evolution is the theory that species descended from more ancient forms of life by structural and physiological modifications. If the theory is true, then the world we observe should contain evidence supporting the idea that species change. At this site you can examine the natural world to see if such evidence exists.
Counterbalance is a non-profit educational organization working to promote counterbalanced perspectives on complex issues.Here is their contribution to the evolution controversy.
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his most influential publication, On the Origin of Species, in which he introduced the concept of evolution by natural selection. In anticipation of this anniversary, the National Academies have redesigned its evolution resources Web page, a collection of books, reports, statements, papers, and articles about evolution.
A list of links on the topic.
Interviews and transcripts from a 1998 PBS documentary on the conflict between science and religion. Broad subjects such as history, evolution, and genetics lead to a series of essays, with further suggested topics to explore. Includes biographies of the interviewees and a glossary.
Three proponents of Intelligent Design (ID) present their views of design in the natural world. Each view is immediately followed by a response from a proponent of evolution (EVO). The report, printed in its entirety, opens with an introduction by Natural History magazine and concludes with an overview of the ID movement. Includes links to related sites. Also available in Spanish. Reprinted from Natural History magazine, from the American Museum of Natural History.
This 2006 documentary looks at the concept of intelligent design, which argues certain aspects of the natural world are so complex they must have been the work of a designer. The companion website features articles on intelligent design in the classroom and religion in schools, interviews, audio and transcript of the program, and related links and readings on evolution and creationism. From American RadioWorks.
A great list of evolutionary links.
This site provides [K-12] students with an introduction to the history of life and how it results in the biodiversity of today. During this tour students learn about geologic time, fossils, ancestral relationships, cladograms, variation, natural selection, and extinction. Includes lesson plans for teachers. From the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley.
Comparisons of the social life, ecology, cognition, neurology, and molecular genetics of apes and humans. The program's goals are 1) to reconstruct human evolution, 2) pinpoint the differences and similarities between humans and apes, and 3) educate the public about apes, and promote their well-being and conservation. The site covers the great apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans) and capuchin monkeys, with vocalizations of chimps and bonobos. Taxonomy shows the primate family tree. There are videos and interviews, articles and a bibliography of print resources in the Library , and related Links . From the Living Links Center of Emory University.
Companion to an American Experience documentary about the 1925 Scopes monkey trial of a biology teacher named John Scopes who was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of Tennessee state law. This was the first live radio broadcast of a trial in the U.S. Website features include material about speeches from attorneys Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, political cartoons, and profiles of people and events (such as H.L. Mencken and the Jazz Age).
At its extremes, the current debate over teaching Darwin's theory of evolution pits science against religion. ... Taking Issue asks religious leaders what their faith tells them about the origins of life and whether it can be reconciled with evolution. This August 2005 compilation of views includes Catholic, Evangelical Baptist, Episcopal, Muslim, and Jewish perspectives. From National Public Radio (NPR).
This site provides some essential background information about human culture prior to the development of civilized communities. It is an illustrated narrative with three sections: Overview of Human Origins , Hominid Species Timeline , and Human Physical Characteristics . Includes information on Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens, and Neanderthal. From the World Civilizations faculty at Washington State University.
Detailed explanations of the mechanisms of evolution and the history of life on Earth.