Ch 8: Evolution & Inheritance

About This Chapter

Boost your confidence ahead of a big exam by reviewing the lessons on inheritance and evolution provided in this chapter. Our short lessons and multiple-choice quizzes can be used as a study guide you can access from anywhere, 24 hours a day, to work towards the best score possible.

Evolution & Inheritance - Chapter Summary

These fun lessons explore paleontology, heredity and natural selection in an easy-to-follow way. You'll be introduced to several famous paleontologists and their scientific contributions, including Mary Anning and Alfred Wallace. Our instructors also explain how traits are inherited and why children are not identical to their parents. These lessons prepare you to complete the following objectives:

  • Define paleontology
  • Describe the relationship between biodiversity and natural selection
  • Provide information about trait variation
  • Explain the scientific discoveries made by Charles Darwin

Prepare for a test or get help with your homework at any time using the mobile-friendly evolution and inheritance lessons provided in this chapter. Before or after reviewing the lessons, you can take the multiple-choice quizzes to see how well you understand the subject. As a handy test prep exercise, the broader chapter test assesses how well you might do on test day.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Evolution & Inheritance
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Paleontology Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

1. Paleontology Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

What was life like on Earth millions of years ago? Paleontology is the field of science that tries to answer that question. Learn what paleontology is, what paleontologists do and more fascinating facts about paleontology in this lesson.

Important Paleontologists: Lesson for Kids

2. Important Paleontologists: Lesson for Kids

Paleontologists are scientists who study more than just fossils. In this lesson, learn what paleontologists do, find about specific paleontologists, and discover how their studies influenced ideas about evolution.

Natural Selection Lesson for Kids

3. Natural Selection Lesson for Kids

You've probably noticed that plants and animals are different shapes and sizes, but you might never have thought about how or why they are different. This lesson teaches you about natural selection and its effect on diversity in our world.

Heredity & Variation: Lesson for Kids

4. Heredity & Variation: Lesson for Kids

What do genes and jeans have in common? They both come in pairs! Learn about how genes are passed down form parents to children and about how genes can vary from one person to another in this lesson.

What is Breeding? - Lesson for Kids

5. What is Breeding? - Lesson for Kids

Dogs have puppies. Cats have kittens. Humans have babies. All of these are examples of living things engaging in the process of breeding. In this lesson, you will learn what breeding is as well as some of the different types of breeding.

Charles Darwin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

6. Charles Darwin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Imagine taking a 5-year journey to observe and document people, animals, and plants on the other side of the globe. Charles Darwin had such an experience, and this lesson will teach you about how his expedition shaped modern scientific thought.

Alfred Wallace Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

7. Alfred Wallace Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

In this lesson, we'll learn about Alfred Wallace, the largely-unknown scientist who helped come up with the theory of evolution. Find out how his curiosity about the world around him helped him make some very important discoveries.

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