These post-16 lesson plans look at Darwin’s pigeon breeding experiments and how they revealed the biology of inheritance and selection. Students will:
- Compare natural and artificial selection and be able to critically explain the difference between the two.
- Explore how Darwin used selective breeding to develop his model of species change.
- Investigate Mendelian genetics in the context of Darwin’s pigeon breeding experiments and solve genetic problems.
- Investigate the effect of interactions between genetic loci in the context of Darwin’s breeding experiments and solve genetic problems involving epistasis.
- Apply a statistical test to genetic data.
- Investigate the contribution of human activity on selection pressures.
- Investigate the role that geographical and reproductive isolation may play in the development of a new species and critically evaluate authentic data supporting speciation.
- Explain the effect inbreeding, immigration and genetic drift may have on gene allele frequencies.
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