Sexual selection

Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12


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This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst describes how Charles Darwin has revolutionised the way we understand modern biology and evolution. A scientist in Queensland put one of his theories under the microscope by testing to see if more brightly coloured male butterflies have greater success in mating. He speculates that colour may also be linked to better provision for the female and developing eggs.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC5-14LW) analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems

(SC5-15LW) explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU185) The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence

(ACSHE191) Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community

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Resource type:
ScOT topics:
Evolution, Butterflies
File type:
ABC - Catalyst
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Resource ID: 43306a46-e301-4e0c-9f20-f9632e8efa7e