SCIENCE Genetic research helps uncover the Atlantic sixgill shark. (National Geographic) Are there any shark sanctuaries in the species range of the newly identified species? Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas So, tell us about the species of shark described … Continue reading Scientists Discover New Species of Shark
SCIENCE Once thought to be the world’s only remaining wild horses, a new study shows Przewalski’s horses have domestic ancestors. (National Geographic) What is domestication? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New genetic research has revealed that Przewalski’s horses are feral, not wild. What is the difference? Wild animals … Continue reading There Might Not Be Any Wild Horses Left on Earth
SCIENCE Among the snowy peaks of Nepal and Tibet, stories tell of a mysterious ape-like creature called the Yeti. Other stories tell of critically endangered species called the Dzu-Teh. Which one is real? (Los Angeles Times and National Geographic) Navigate the historic range of the yeti on our Cryptid Cartogram. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including … Continue reading Bears! The Yeti Is a Bunch of Bears!
As a biology teacher who is a passionate proponent of teaching evolution as the backbone of my classes, I constantly get bombarded by students with tons of evolution questions. I do a lot of work correcting their misconceptions and clarifying some of the more nuanced aspects of evolutionary theory. YES, evolution IS a theory and here’s why that is a GOOD thing. Perhaps my favorite … Continue reading Talking Evolution: Are We Still Evolving?
SCIENCE Gene-hacking scientists reveal how a single gene helps determine the dizzying array of butterfly wing patterns. (Washington Post) Take a look at the A-Z of butterfly wings. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit … and some gorgeous photos of butterflies. We couldn’t choose just one! Discussion Ideas Scientists recently edited the genes of butterfly wings. Let’s … Continue reading Patterns, Genes, and Butterfly Wings