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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 個閱讀材料
Meet the instructors & the team2分鐘
Welcome to Leiden University!3分鐘
Complete our short survey10分鐘
Study tips for studying online5分鐘
Being successful in an international virtual learning community5分鐘
Behaving in an academic way5分鐘

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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 個視頻(共 20 分鐘), 5 個閱讀材料, 5 個測驗
Video5 個視頻
Natural Selection4分鐘
Natural Selection in the Field4分鐘
Dialogue6分鐘
Sexual selection4分鐘
Reading5 個閱讀材料
Evolution is Everywhere5分鐘
Observe it with your own eyes!10分鐘
Online lab simulated evolution10分鐘
Eyes, HIV and Human Body Height10分鐘
Science evolves5分鐘
Quiz5 個練習
Natural Selection2分鐘
Natural Selection in the Field3分鐘
Human Evolution2分鐘
Sexual Selection4分鐘
Test your knowledge10分鐘

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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 個視頻(共 20 分鐘), 2 個閱讀材料, 4 個測驗
Video5 個視頻
DNA4分鐘
Mutation4分鐘
Dialogue2分鐘
Evo-devo8分鐘
Reading2 個閱讀材料
Imperfect weasels10分鐘
Gene Switches10分鐘
Quiz4 個練習
E-tivity: translating a short human gene15分鐘
E-tivity: mutations in human genes15分鐘
E-tivity: playing with Hox-genes5分鐘
Test your knowledge15分鐘

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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 個視頻(共 35 分鐘), 5 個閱讀材料, 6 個測驗
Video6 個視頻
Levels of Organization4分鐘
Selfish Units8分鐘
Supressing Selfishness6分鐘
Promoting Collaboration7分鐘
Discussion7分鐘
Reading5 個閱讀材料
The false allure of group selection by Steven Pinker30分鐘
Distinguishing between Selfish DNA and The Selfish Gene10分鐘
Selfish cells30分鐘
Video lecture on behavioral evolution by Robert Sapolsky30分鐘
Green beards and eusociality in the Red Imported Fire Ant20分鐘
Quiz6 個練習
Units of Selection5分鐘
The Good of the Species5分鐘
Single Round Prisoner's Dilemma5分鐘
Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma10分鐘
Hamilton's rule5分鐘
Test your knowledge30分鐘
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創建者 YYSep 7th 2017

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

創建者 VVMay 29th 2017

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

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Menno Schilthuizen

Prof. Dr.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University

Maurijn van der Zee

Dr.
Leiden University

Rutger Vos

Dr.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center

關於 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....

關於 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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