Larry M. Frolich, Ph.D.




Please work on your showcase group--evolutionary trees within group and with closest relatives

Text--first three chapters (from Google Books)

Text--Chapter Four 

Class Board Notes and Drawings



Biodiversity Showcases

(2014 sites)

Course Logistics, General Resources




  Part I.  The Historical Record of Evolution
Jan 22  

Overview of Evolutionary Biology

Text Chapters:  1, 2, 3

Jan 29

The Origin of Life and Prokaryotes

Text Chapters: 4, 5

Text--Chapter Four 

Feb 5

Origin of Eukaryotes and Snowball Earths

Text Chapters: 6, 7, 8

Feb 12

Evolution of Multicellularity

Text Chapters: 9, 10, 11

Feb 26

Evolution of Plants, Animals and Fungi

Text Chapters: 9, 10, 11
March 5

Human Evolution

Text Chapters: 25, 26

March 12

EXAM ONE--History of Life


All material from Part I


   Part II.  Evolutionary Processes
Mar 19


Text Chapters:  12, 13, 14

Mar 26

Constraining Variability (natural selection and other forces)

Text Chapters: 17, 18, 19

April 2

Competition and Cooperation

Text Chapters: 21

April 9

Species Concepts and Speciation

Text Chapters: 22

April 9

Evolutionary Innovation

Evolution of Genetic and Developmental Pathways (“evo-devo”)

Text Chapters: 23, 24

Text Chapters: 9, 11

April 16

EXAM TWO--Process of Evolution

All material from Part II



"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."  

                                                                                                   --Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

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