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Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior

Lecture 1: The Nature of Evolution: Selection, Inheritance, and History

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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.

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This course presents the principles of evolution, ecology, and behavior for students beginning their study of biology and of the environment. It discusses major ideas and results in a manner accessible to all Yale College undergraduates. Recent advances have energized these fields with results that have implications well beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens.

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gutiea says :

The lecturer is very talented, however the slides are impossible to read and they are not provided as a downloadable file. The syllabus, links to class website and reading references are all absent. What good is a video without any supporting material for serious learning process? Advertising or an small subscription fee could make that possible.

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