Web Resources

for Dr. James Thompson's 

Principles of Evolution Students

Dr. Thompson's Schedule for Spring Term 2018:

Principles of Evolution Lecture Section:

3330-09  (2655)             MW        12:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Principles of Evolution Lab Section:

3331-11  (2657)              F            12:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Office Hours:          M-W-F     2:30 PM - 3:10 PM      Room:  SSC B210
  And by appointment

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Dr. Thompson's Principles of Evolution Course Syllabus   

Easy to Print Schedule of Classes for Dr. Thompson's 3330-09 & 3331-11: M-W-F 12:10 PM - 1:15 PM and 1:25 PM - 2:20 PM

For Spring semester, 2018, the last day for a student to withdraw from a course with an automatic "W" rather than the mandatory "F" is Friday, March 30.  On Saturday, March 31, the Mandatory "F" period begins.  Rare exceptions can be approve after this date but only if the student is passing the course at the time of withdrawal and there are extenuating circumstances making it impossible for the student to continue to attend classes.  You would be wise to discuss your grade with me well before that date if you are not succeeding in the course.

If you have trouble locating a textbook locally, try Amazon.com or Textbooks.com.   The APSU Bookstore may be willing to meet any on-line price you can document for them.

Another cost-effective option available to students is the eBook, which is a subscription-based access to the text.  Go to http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9780763760397/.

Science for All Americans:  Chapter 1:  The Nature of Science - AAAS

What Is the Nature of Science - longer version for exam review?

APSU Emergency Procedures Information PPT

PowerPoint Presentations:

An Introduction to the Principles of Evolution Course

What Is the Nature of Science?

Chapter  1 Science and Evolution as Science

Chapter  2  The Origin of Matter, the Universe and Earth

Chapter  3  The Origin of Molecules and the Nature of Life

Chapter  4  From Molecules to Cells and the Origin of Selection

Chapter  5  Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle

Chapter  6  Darwin and Wallace' Evolution by Natural Selection

Chapter  7  Darwin, Mendel and Theories of Inheritance

Chapter  8  From Single-Celled Organisms to Kingdoms

Chapter  9  Eukaryotic Cells and Multicellular Organisms

Chapter 10  Plants and Fungi as Branches of the Tree of Life

Chapter 11  Animals as a Branches of the Tree of Life

Chapter  12  Individual Genetic Variation and Gene Regulation

Chapter  13  Genetic Variation in Populations

Chapter  14  The Biology of Populations

Chapter  15  Natural Selection

Chapter  16  Species and Similarity:  On Being the Same Yet Different

Chapter  17  Origin of Species

Chapters 16 & 17 short version

Chapter   18  Mass Extinctions, Opportunities and Adaptive Radiations

Chapter 18 short version

Chapter   19  Human Origins and Evolution

Chapters 19 version

Chapter   20  Cultural and Social Evolution

Chapter   21  Culture, Religion and Evolution


Review of Basic DNA Structure and Function PPT

Review of Advanced DNA Structure and Function PPT

Review of Mendelian Genetics PowerPoint Presentations:
Review of Mendelian Genetics PPT #1 Review of Mendelian Genetics PPT #2

How to print the PowerPoint slides efficiently?  [Note:  Do not print PowerPoint presentation from the computers in the biology labs.]

Please follow these instructions.  Go to the File Menu.  (Do not use the print icon!)  Click on Print.

A dialogue box will open.  

On the lower left side there is a Print What? drop down menu.  Select "Handouts" and then to the right select "6 to a page."

On the lower left side there is a Color/grayscale switch.  Choose color if you desire color and are using a color printer.

Push the OK button.   It should print.  Let me know if you have problems.



Download Instructions and Worksheets before the Labs 1 & 2; Read the instructions and bring the printouts with you to Lab.  You will receive an e-mail with instructions for accessing Labs 3, 4 & 5 at the SimBio/SimUText website from Dr. T.  near midterm.  Please fill out the "customer satisfaction" additional questions below for the SimUText labs, Labs 3, 4 & 5 and turn them in to your instructor.
F 2/09 software app PhyloStrat or download from publisher U Washington for Mac and others PhyloStrat Instructions
F 2/16 2 Caminalcules Caminalcule Evolution Instructions
F 3/02 3 Darwinian Snails SimBio SimUText main web site & additional questions 3
F 3/16 4 Mendelian Pigs SimBio SimUText main web site & additional questions 4
F 4/06 5 Sickle Cell Alleles SimBio SimUText main web site & additional questions 5


Information for the Student PowerPoint Presentations

To Be Prepared for Class, Each Student is Expected to Do the Following:

For Lecture:

(1)  Read the Assignment in the Text Before it is Presented in Class.

Revised Exam 1 Review Revised Exam 2 Review Revised Exam 3 Review  


"Swift run the sands of time except in the hour of pain."  [From THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME film (1923)]

cat faceanimated cat tracks

3330 poster

Try these on-line resources for Evolutionary Biology:

Evolution:  Principles and Processes (BK Hall Text Book Site)

An Introduction to Biological Evolution (K. Kardong Text Book site)

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin on-line

The Alfred Russel Wallace's letters on-line

The American Museum of Natural History Darwin Exhibit

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Human Origins

The National Science Foundation Special Report:  Evolution of Evolution:  150 years of Darwin's On the Origin of Species

Understanding Evolution

Evolution at NYU

Yale Open Courses:  Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior with Professor Stephen C. Stearns

Understanding Evolution at the University of California Museum of Paleontology

CCR5 At Work

Current Biology (on-line journal)


DNA From the Beginning

Genetic Influences on Variation in Female Orgasmic Function:  a Twin Study

Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New "Intelligent Falling" Theory

Evolution:  Selected Papers and Commentary

The Encyclopedia of LIfe

The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science

Defend Science

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Strange Science

Darwin Jokes and Evolution

The Darwin Project


The Alfred Russel Wallace Page

The Wallace Fund

Richard Dawkin's Website

The TalkOrigins Archive is a good starting point. It mainly lists sites dealing with evolution and religion but also has an extensive list of links to evolutionary science.

EvolDir is an E-mail directory that posts announcements of meetings, advertisements for jobs, and studentships, etc.

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) defends the teaching of evolution in U.S. public schools.

U.C. Berkeley hosts a good Web site that makes a useful gateway to the web.

The PBS Evolution program has an excellent, accessible Web site.

The Tree of Life project at the University of Arizona sets out to describe the relationships among living organisms.

Evolution, Science and Society sets out the scope of evolutionary biology.

Early Hominin Evolution

Evolution and Medicine is a Web site for scientists working at the interface between evolutionary biology and medicine.

The PaleoMap Project


The Howard Hughes Medical Center Evolution Web Site

The Beyond Genes Blog

ScienceDaily gives links to recent news on evolution.

Science for All Americans - provided by by American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Biology Project at the University of Arizona has some genetics review materials.

The Fossil Forum

Games and Toys for Kids - Inspired by Darwin - Charlie's Kids

New Iguana found on Galapagos Island

Ardipithecus at the Discovery Channel Was There No Organic Soup to Initiate Evolution?

An Animation of the Scale of the Universe

A Different Animation of the Scale of the Universe

A photographic animation video of the Known Universe

Article:  "Characterization and potential functional significance of human-chimpanzee large INDEL (insertion and deletion) variation"

A short video devoted to the world's oldest living organisms.

Animated Series Teaches Evolution to Small Children

Speciation using Birds of Paradise as the example (video)

Time Line of Human Evolution (video)

The Evolution of the Wrist [Link provided to me by Alex in Ms. Adams's class at colonial-academy.org] 

A Bibliography of Significant Books on Evolution by Category

Addressing the Gender Gap in Evolutionary Biology

Additional Lab Exercises on Evolution

Here's an interesting article on "You might be surprised by what's in charge of your body."

Also interesting, the story of an elephant and a dog who are best friends.

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For Students Who Are Parents Only.

Find Sex Offenders In Your Neighborhood.  This one is serious.  Parents take note.

Another Interesting Site is the Skeptics Dictionary.

Last updated on December 26, 2017.

*go to jft homepage

belief map
Chart descrbing how the world was created
Darwin saves the world cartoon