Cuckoo: Co-evolution and natural selection

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This role play activity illustrates natural selection, based on the cuckoo/host example of co-evolution. as well as providing opportunities for developing key scientific skills such as experimental design and research.

Examples of natural selection and evolution in secondary education tend to focus on physical structures or characteristics of organisms, such as the adaptive camouflage of peppered moths. Yet animal behaviour is also shaped by natural selection and provides interesting and varied possibilities for approaching the topic of evolution in lessons.

 

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