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In this course you will learn how evolution works. You will develop an understanding of evolutionary processes and their formative power. You will see how evolution has shaped biodiversity, and continuously influences our daily life. Evolution impacts human endeavors as varied as medicine, agriculture, psychology, economy, and culture. It is the major unifying principle for biology and a fundamental natural law. In five weeks we will make evolution accessible for you and help you to recognize evolutionary processes around you, in nature as well as in society. We make use of the unique collection of Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden, but also take you to the field. Using classical and up-to-date examples, we will show you how scientists address evolutionary questions. In the last module, we will have a look at the future. How will humans evolve? And how do we influence our own evolution and that of other organisms? This course is aimed at anybody with a drive to obtain a deeper, broader, and pragmatic understanding of evolution, including high-school students, BSc (undergraduate) biology students, MSc (graduate) students from other disciplines, medical professionals, conservation officers and educators in museums, libraries, national parks, and schools....
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Welcome to the course Evolution Today

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about Evolution. Before you start with this course we invite you to first take a look around and meet your fellow learners. We would like to know what brings you here and what you would like to get out of the course. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy studying in this course! ...
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Reading6 个阅读材料
Meet the instructors & the team2分钟
Welcome to Leiden University!3分钟
Complete our short survey10分钟
Study tips for studying online5分钟
Being successful in an international virtual learning community5分钟
Behaving in an academic way5分钟

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Do we change?

In this module, you are going to learn that a very powerful mechanism, natural selection, leads to evolutionary change. We are going to have a detailed look at what is required for this natural selection. And, knowing these conditions, we can judge whether traits in humans are evolving at the moment. This is a surprisingly simple module. I am looking forward to discuss human evolution with you at the end!...
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5 个视频(共 20 分钟), 5 个阅读材料, 5 个测验
Video5 个视频
Natural Selection4分钟
Natural Selection in the Field4分钟
Dialogue6分钟
Sexual selection4分钟
Reading5 个阅读材料
Evolution is Everywhere5分钟
Observe it with your own eyes!10分钟
Online lab simulated evolution10分钟
Eyes, HIV and Human Body Height10分钟
Science evolves5分钟
Quiz5 个练习
Natural Selection2分钟
Natural Selection in the Field3分钟
Human Evolution2分钟
Sexual Selection4分钟
Test your knowledge10分钟

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How do we change?

This is a real puzzle-module. We are going to decipher the language of DNA, and see that mutations in this DNA lead to new variation. As we saw, variation is the raw material for natural selection. Thus, take your pen and pencil and unravel with me the code of your own DNA!...
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5 个视频(共 20 分钟), 2 个阅读材料, 4 个测验
Video5 个视频
DNA4分钟
Mutation4分钟
Dialogue2分钟
Evo-devo8分钟
Reading2 个阅读材料
Imperfect weasels10分钟
Gene Switches10分钟
Quiz4 个练习
E-tivity: translating a short human gene15分钟
E-tivity: mutations in human genes15分钟
E-tivity: playing with Hox-genes5分钟
Test your knowledge15分钟

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Who is this "we" anyway?

In the first two modules, we have asked ourselves whether we experience evolutionary change, and if so, how this change comes about. In this module, we will explore who this "we" is anyway: is it us, the individual? Is it our species? Our genes? Who is in charge here?...
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6 个视频(共 35 分钟), 5 个阅读材料, 6 个测验
Video6 个视频
Levels of Organization4分钟
Selfish Units8分钟
Supressing Selfishness6分钟
Promoting Collaboration7分钟
Discussion7分钟
Reading5 个阅读材料
The false allure of group selection by Steven Pinker30分钟
Distinguishing between Selfish DNA and The Selfish Gene10分钟
Selfish cells30分钟
Video lecture on behavioral evolution by Robert Sapolsky30分钟
Green beards and eusociality in the Red Imported Fire Ant20分钟
Quiz6 个练习
Units of Selection5分钟
The Good of the Species5分钟
Single Round Prisoner's Dilemma5分钟
Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma10分钟
Hamilton's rule5分钟
Test your knowledge30分钟
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创建者 YYSep 7th 2017

Excellent course! REALLY informative and the exercise questions are helpful in understanding the concepts!

创建者 VVMay 29th 2017

Interesting, good examples and case study, whole content of the course is good.

讲师

Menno Schilthuizen

Prof. Dr.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University

Maurijn van der Zee

Dr.
Leiden University

Rutger Vos

Dr.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center

关于 Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

关于 Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis is the natural history museum of the Netherlands and the national research institute in biodiversity. We collect, conserve and study animals, plants and rocks. Our collection now contains 37 million objects and that makes it one of the largest in the world. And it is still growing each day thanks to the worldwide fieldwork of our researchers and many amateur scientists....

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