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Darwin's Big Ideas
These are what we have identified as Darwin's Big Ideas and what we use to frame Darwin Inspired Learning:
- Species change through geological time
- The significance of hidden aspects of the natural world, the slow, hidden and very large and very small
- The argument for natural selection as a mechanism for evolution.
- The place of colonisation, invasion and extinction of species
- The ecological balance of nature and how it can be disturbed
- The importance of biodiversity for the stability of ecosystems
- The significance of sexual reproduction in viability of species and in passing on inherited characteristics
- Fertilisation in orchids and flowering plants
- The circumnutation movements of plants and their significance for survival
- The intelligence of earthworms and bees
- The nutrition of carnivorous plants
- The evolutionary tree
- The analogy of natural selection to artificial selection
- The common ancestry of apes and humans
Also see Darwin's Ways of Working.