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A brief history of evolution

Where are we now along the evolutionary path? Have we stopped evolving? And what does it mean if we have? 

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Evolution through natural selection

In this free course, Evolution through natural selection, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. We will look at natural selection as Darwin did, taking inheritance for granted, but ignoring the mechanisms underlying it.

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4 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Darwin Now pod 7: Evolution and the human family

What can evolution tell us about falling birth rates, the menopause or the role of parents in childcare? Biological anthropologist Ruth Mace highlights the interplay between biology and culture in evolving family structures.

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15 mins
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Darwin Now pod 5: Darwinian demons

If only the fittest survive in nature, you might expect the world to be taken over by a small number of rampant species. So why, instead of dull monotony, are we faced with infinite variety?

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15 mins
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Darwin Now pod 2: Darwin in context

How do you propose a radical theory without sacrificing your reputation? Professor Jim Moore explores the social and scientific context in which Darwin developed his ideas.

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15 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Evolving in isolation

What can we learn about evolution from investigating populations evolving in more than one place?

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10 mins
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Nature & Environment 

What is evolution?

Stephen Serjeant explains that survival of the fittest is about reproduction more than strength

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OU Lecture 2009: Post lecture discussion

Follow the discussion that took place after The OU Lecture 2009: Darwin's Five Bridges by Professor Richard Dawkins

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30 mins
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OU Lecture 2009: Download the discussion

Download the discussion that took place after The OU Lecture 2009: Darwin's Five Bridges by Professor Richard Dawkins

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30 mins
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OU Lecture 2009: The fifth bridge

Dawkins explores the ideas of Darwin’s peers including Fleeming Jenkin and Sewall Wright, and discusses how close Darwin came to Mendelism.

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10 mins
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OU Lecture 2009: Solving the riddle

Random chance, design or cumulative natural selection? Dawkins explores how Darwin and his peers solved the riddle of life.

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10 mins
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OU Lecture 2009: Darwin and Wallace

Dawkins discusses the ideas of Blyth, Matthew, Wallace and Darwin and begins to explore neo-Darwinism.

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10 mins
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