Evolution in Paradise Resources

Within the immense rainforests of the tropical islands of Papua New Guinea live some of the most stunning and exotic birds ever known—the birds-of-paradise. While the shocking forms and dazzling beauty of the birds-of-paradise are easy to focus on, they have much more to offer us: these birds are essentially living textbooks on the biological phenomena of adaptation through sexual selection. It is these phenomena that have produced the colors, forms, and ornaments that make the birds-of-paradise so spectacular. Below are the videos needed to implement the Evolution in Paradise lessons.

Lesson 1: Science in Paradise

Lesson 2: Sexual Selection

Lesson 3: Heritable Behaviors