This course provides a comprehensive introduction to evolutionary biology. It covers both short-term and long-term evolutionary processes. The material is presented in six major sections:
Part 1: Basics. The Evidence for Evolution. The Engine of Evolution.
Part 2: Diversity. The Tree of Life. The Main Kinds of Living Organisms. The Ancestry of Living Organisms.
Part 3: Organisms. Genome Structure. Development. Adaptation and Evolved Design.
Part 4: Origins. The Origin of Genes. The Origin of Species. The Origin of Innovation.
Part 5: Selection. Natural Selection in the Laboratory. Artificial Selection. Natural Selection in the Field.
Part 6: Interaction. Sexuality and sexual selection. Social Life. Coevolution.
The course as a whole will provide a set of principles based on the observed patterns and established processes of evolution that enable biologists to account for the diversity of all life and explain how the modern biota came to be.