Trouble in Paradise
A Case of Speciation
Science and Technology Department
Finger Lakes Community College
In this case study, students apply principles of evolution they have learned in class to create their own story explaining the evolutionary history of a previously unknown species of rodent discovered on an island in the West Indies. The case study is designed for use in a freshman introductory biology course or a course on evolution.
- Understand the principles of evolution and classification.
- Understand the concept of species.
- Understand the evidence in support of evolution.
- Develop a common name for the fictitious species of mammals and apply the rules of binomial classification to provide a scientific name.
- Apply concepts of micro- and macro-evolution to produce an evolutionary story for the fictitious mammals.
- Interpret simple data sets and make inferences and conclusions from that data.
- Produce data and/or evidence in support of an original evolutionary story of the student's own creation.
KeywordsSpecies; speciation; natural selection; gene flow; genetic drift; reproductive isolation; mammals; evolution
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Evolutionary Biology | Zoology |