How do scientists know evolution is real?

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The idea of evolution – that species change and evolve over time – is the foundation of biology. But how do scientists actually know it’s real? Use this article with students to discuss evolution by natural selection and the importance of evidence in science. It would be suited to students in years 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10 studying Biological or Earth and Space Sciences. It is also a good article for students studying senior Biology, Unit 1 and Unit 3.

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Years: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10


Biological Sciences – Cells, Genetics, Living Things

Earth and Space Sciences – Plate Tectonics, The Changing Earth

Additional: Careers, Technology.

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Diversity and Evolution

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface