Variation + Selection & Time
All Living Things Are Related

All Living Things Are Related

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HHMI Holiday Lecture Connections

Fossils, Genes and Mousetraps, 12:14–14:43

Dr. Kenneth Miller describes what we can learn from transitional fossils and reviews when major phyla first appeared in the fossil record.

Fossils, Genes and Mousetraps, 20:45–23:03

Dr. Kenneth Miller discusses the origin of modern whales and describes a series of transitional fossils that shows how land mammals transitioned back to the sea.

Lecture 3, 43:46–44:59

Dr. David Kingsley uses chick embryos to explain that all vertebrates use similar genes and pathways to form limbs, suggesting common ancestry.

Lecture 3, 38:52–41:37

Dr. David Kingsley describes how the same gene directs eye development in humans, mice, and fruit flies, suggesting common ancestry.

Lecture 4, 41:03–45:46

Dr. Sean Carroll talks about what we can learn by comparing our DNA to the chimp genome.


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Carroll, S. (2006). The making of the fittest: DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Cohn, M.J., Tickle, C. (1999). Developmental basis of limblessness and axial patterning in snakes. Nature, 399, 474-479 (subscription required).

Davis, M.C., Dahn, R.D., Shubin, N.H. (2007). An autopodial-like pattern of Hox expression in the fins of a basal actinopterygian fish. Nature, 447, 473-477 (subscription required).

Koonin, E.V. (2003). Comparative genomics, minimal gene-sets and the last universal common ancestor. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 1(2), 127-136.

Li, W., Saunders, M.A. (2005). The chimpanzee and us. Nature, 437, 50-51 (subscription required). doi:10.1038/437050a.

Martin, T., Ruf I. (2009). On the mammalian ear. Science, 326, 243-244 (subscription required). doi:10.1126/science.1181131.

Mayr, G., Pohl, B., Peters, S. (2005). A well-preserved Archaeopteryx specimen with theropod features. Science, 310, 1483-1486 (subscription required). doi:10.1126/science.1120331.

Pennisi, E. (2006). Mining the molecules that made our mind. Science, 313, 1908-1911 (subscription required). doi:10.1126/science.313.5795.1908.

Raff, R.A. (2007). Written in stone: fossils, genes and evo-devo. Nature Reviews Genetics, 8, 911-920 (subscription required).

Shubin, N., Tabin, C., Carroll, S. (2009). Deep homology and the origins of evolutionary novelty. Nature, 457, 818-823. (subscription required) doi: 10.1038/nature07891.

Stemple, D.L. (2005). Structure and function of the notochord: an essential organ for chordate development. Development, 132(11), 2503-2512.


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