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3 | Life on earth

2: The fossil record provides information about the subsequent evolution of living things

Lesson 1 | Evolution of life

  • Identify the major stages in the evolution of living things, including the formation of:
    – Organic molecules
    – Membranes
    – Procaryotic heterotrophic cells
    – Procaryotic autotrophic cells
    – Eucaryotic cells
    – Colonial organisms
    – Multicellular organisms

  • Process and analyse information to construct a timeline of the main events that occurred during the evolution of life on Earth

Lesson 2 | Evidence for origins of life

  • Describe some of the palaeontological and geological evidence that suggests when life originated on Earth

  • Explain why the change from an anoxic to an oxic atmosphere was significant in the evolution of living things

  • Process and analyse information to construct a timeline of the main events that occurred during the evolution of life on Earth

Lesson 3 | The fossil record

  • Gather first-hand or secondary information to make observations of a range of plant and animal fossils

  • Identify data sources, gather, process, analyse and present information from secondary sources to evaluate the impact of increased understanding of the fossil record on the development of ideas about the history of life on Earth

Lesson 4 | Belief vs science

  • Discuss the ways in which developments in scientific knowledge may conflict with the ideas about the origins of life developed by different cultures

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