Examining Human Evolution

Part A: NOVA Article: Are we still evolving?

  1. Why does the article suggest humans, particularly in the west, are no longer evolving?

  1. What does the author suggest might actually be causing human evolution to speed up?

  1. What evidence does the author discuss that suggests humans are evolving?

Part B: Juan Enriquez Ted Talk: Will our kids be different species? Or Juan Enriquez Ted Talk: What will humans look like in 100 years?

Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

  1. What are some examples of individuals with unique genes with unique abilities?

  1. What does Juan suggest as potential evidence for evolution of current humans?

Part C: Student Research for Class Discussion: Are Humans Still Evolving?

This is only a small part of the information available that examines if humans are changing in terms of genes and allele frequencies.  Your task for Part C is see what other information concerning the question: Are humans still evolving?  This question will be discussed in class in which you will be expected to participate and making meaningful contributions to the conversation.  Select, cite and summarize at least two sources below to help prepare for the in class discussion.  Instructions for citing your source can be found on Mr. Rott’s website found here.  Sources must be either a from a scientific journal or reputable magazine or online website, i.e. Time, New York Times, Nature, Science Daily, etc.

Sources to Start:


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Assessment of this standard will be comprised of both completion of this document and participation of in class discussion.