Evolutionary History of Life

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This resource links to evolution and inheritance, providing a video of a news report on the history of life on Earth. A newsreader highlights the progression of some species from ‘simple’ life such as single celled organisms progressing to more complex organisms at different stages in evolutionary history, explaining that animals we see today have evolved over millions of years. The main focus of this activity is the progression from ancestral life to the life we have today and how this happens over a very large timescale as a result of environmental change. A script of the report is provided and the images from the news report, so that children can devise and act out their own version of the news story to the class. This resource has been provided by Primary Evolution, produced by Reading University with support from the Wellcome Trust

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