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Darwin, Evolution & Fossils

Fossils are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the past. Fossils range in age from 10,000 to 3.48 billion years old. The observation that certain fossils were associated with certain rock strata led 19th century geologists to recognize a geological timescale. Though the fossil record does not include every plant and animal that ever lived, it provides substantial evidence for the common descent of life via evolution. The fossil record is a remarkable gift for the study of nature.

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5:49 LS4A – Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

5:23 Evidence of evolution from fossil record

3:41 Fossils and Evidence for Evolution | Biology for All | FuseSchool

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Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Engage in scientific argument from evidence.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Patterns.

Emphasize HS-LS4-3  Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.

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