Speciation: An Illustrated Introduction
Lesson created by Mya Thompson using
Video from LabofOrnithology YouTube Channel
There is a dizzying diversity of species on our planet. From genetic evidence we know that all of those species evolved from a single ancient ancestor. But how does one species split in to many? This video illustrates the speciation process in birds to help you understand the basis of earth's biodiversity.
Additional Resources for you to Explore
1. This video was developed for the Birds-of-Paradise Project. For more videos and online interactives please visit: www.birdsofparadiseproject.org The birds-of-paradise are among the most beautiful creatures on earth—and an extraordinary example of evolutionary adaptation. On this site you can find what few have witnessed in the wild: the displays of color, sound, and motion that make these birds so remarkable. Then you can delve deeper, examining the principles that guided their evolution and the epic adventure it took to bring you all 39 species. 2. Interested in exploring more spectacular examples of speciation? The Macaulay Library houses the world’s largest online archive of animal recordings. Click here to dive into the collection: http://macaulaylibrary.org 3. Interested in more information about birds? All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching. To find out more please visit: http://www.allaboutbirds.org. 4. Have you ever wished you knew more about the bird behaviors you observe? Why they do what they do? The online Courtship and Rivalry in Birds course gives you a guided peek into their world. For more information or to enroll visit: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/courses/home/ Are you a teacher? 5. Ornamentation in Birds is an inquiry-based investigation designed to help high school and college students develop and test their hypotheses about the evolution of elaborate traits in birds using an online scientific archive. To download please visit: http://orb.birds.cornell.edu