1. The Nature of Evolution: Selection, Inheritance, and History
Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122)
The lecture presents an overview of evolutionary biology and its two major components, microevolution and macroevolution. The idea of evolution goes back before Darwin, although Darwin thought of natural selection. Evolution is driven by natural selection, the correlation between organism traits and reproductive success, as well as random drift. The history of life goes back approximately 3.7 billion years to a common ancestor, and is marked with key events that affect all life.
00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction
03:22 - Chapter 2. History of Evolutionary Studies
15:59 - Chapter 3. Conditions for Natural Selection
21:25 - Chapter 4. The Power of Selection and Adaptation
27:09 - Chapter 5. Drift
31:10 - Chapter 6. History of Life
39:33 - Chapter 7. Conclusion
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses
This course was recorded in Spring 2009.