Web site that frames the development of the concepts of evolution from the 17th century to present, both in a
scientific and historical context. From the American Museum of Natural History.
The most all-inclusive site I've seen.
A very well put together web site for evolution, with a 'for teachers section' which is listed below. Along with
the PBS website above, this site has some of the most practical information on evolution and copious amounts
An excellent web site on how to teach evolution, misconceptions to be aware that are held in the public realm
and respectful ways to handle them without cheating students out of a good science education and
understanding of biology. Plus, lesson plans.
A nice summary of the genetic support and synthesis with evolution. You can also go back to several other
sections of evolution found at nyu’s web site.
A very large source of on-line resources for evolution. Multiple links for topics such as Paleobiology,
Evolutionary Theory, Diversity, Speciation, Time, Genetics, Human Evolution, Teacher links and quite a few
more are found on this site.
-The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould. This book is a collection of articles and essays covering multiple
facets of evolution, but not bogged down in its writing. It is fine to recommend for a good high school level
reader. There are several other great evolution books by Gould, so if you enjoy this one just start looking up his
name for another.
-Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer. May not be the book you read before dinner, but an excellent book about
parasites and their relationships as well as their coevolution. Although not specifically an evolution book, it
does highlight evolution in the development of all those lovely things you would rather not have inside you.
-A Monk in the Garden by. A very interesting read about Mendel, from his childhood to his becoming a monk,
deciding how to collect his data, and his work after his (what should have been breakthrough) paper was
published. It turns out Mendel was a bit of a unique character in his own right making this book a great read.
-Evolution: Box Set- The entire PBS series. If you have not watched it you should rent it, take it out of the
library or buy it. It is very well done. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/shop/index.html
-David Attenborough videos. Many of these show and reference the relationships and environmental forces
that have led to the selection of numerous adaptations that are found in the world today. Here are a few of my
Life on Earth
The Living Planet
The Private Life of Plants
The Life of Mammals
The Blue Planet
There are also many more of these BBC films narrated by Attenborough, the above are just one's I've found
useful and enjoyable.
The Annenberg web site. Remember all those educational programs and telecourses you used to watch as a kid
for fun growing up...ok, I used to watch for fun growing up? Well they are all available to be streamed to a
classroom computer (very useful if you have a projector) or downloaded. For evolution with this course I
recommend the Planet Earth series. Although they do not dedicate one episode to evolution, it and the
biological components of the planet are tied in to the geological aspects. Some of the information and most of
the clothing is out of date, but it is still a very useful and scientifically sound set of videos.
I would also like to recommend episode 6 of Unseen Life on Earth as it goes into the molecular and microbial
aspects of evolution.
As a side note, for physics you can stream The Mechanical Universe and Chemistry has The World of
NOTE: A copy of this can be found at
And one more resource, google is now offering free web page space with a google account. So if you are in the
need for web page space for your classes, here is one more opportunity.