Introduction to Evolution
Archaeopteryx lithographica
A reconstruction of Archaeopteryx lithographica and the Berlin specimen, found near Solnhofen, Germany, that inspired it. Painting by S. P. Glaser (Hartman); photograph by John H. Ostrom

Grade Level: Middle and High School
Science Content Standard: 10.5
High School Biology Enrichment Standard: Evolution
Social Studies Standard: 10
Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2; 1.4

Description: Outstanding exhibits of prehistoric animal and plant fossils are used to illustrate current theories on the mechanisms of biological change that are evolution.  These specimens provide evidence for the process of evolution through natural selection and genetic mutation.  Evolution has been a primary research subject at the Peabody Museum for more than 100 years and many of the Museum's exhibits were produced to promote the understanding of evolution.  Specimens will highlight current research on the close relationship between birds and dinosaurs, horse evolution, mass extinctions and a brief look at human origins.

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