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Ch 2: AP Biology: The Origin of Life on Earth

About This Chapter

Watch the following biology video lessons and learn about the origin of life on Earth. These lessons are just a portion of our online AP Biology course.

The Origin of Life on Earth - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The lessons in this chapter start with an overview of the origin of life on Earth by looking at various theories and explanations behind animal and plant life. You'll also learn about the history of life on Earth and study all the major eras throughout the planet's formation. Lessons cover the endosymbiosis theory and provide an examination of how cells evolved to become living things. The lessons end with an analysis of the different forms of evolutionary change. You may study specific examples of evolution among plants and animals. The chapter can help you understand the following:

  • Exploring theories and explanations of the origin of life on Earth
  • Identifying the characteristics of the major eras in Earth's history
  • Defining the endosymbiosis theory and the evolution of cells
  • Naming different forms of evolutionary change

Video Objective
The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanations Explaining the theories and explanations behind the origin of life on Earth.
The History of Life on Earth: Timeline and Characteristics of Major Eras Charting the timeline and identifying the major features of important eras in the history of life on Earth.
The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells Applying the endosymbiosis theory to the evolution of cells on Earth.
Evolutionary Change: Definitions and Forms Understanding different forms and methods of evolutionary change.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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