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Animals Through Time    Mystery 5

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In this Mystery, students learn about an example of how nature, not human beings, can slowly change the appearance of an animal using the process of selection.

Can selection happen without people?

Beginning Exploration (1 of 5)
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Beginning Exploration (2 of 5)

Predict 1 of 2: What do you think might have happened to the green anoles, once the brown anoles arrived in Florida and started to get hungry?




Predict 2 of 2: Not all of the green anoles are exactly the same. Which green anoles do you think the brown anoles are most likely to catch?

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Beginning Activity: Lizard Island
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Beginning Exploration (4 of 5)
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Beginning Exploration (5 of 5)

Want to know more about how scientists study lizards?

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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading, and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration which you just completed.
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Exploration
Anole on rocks by JamieS93 , used under CC BY-SA
2 Anoles by numbers by Seadevil
tropical island by Christopher Michel , used under CC BY
brown geko by Michel Pierfitte , used under CC BY-SA
catching Anoles by Adam Algar
green geko by Tambako the Jaguar , used under CC BY-ND
white geko by Nick Hobgood , used under CC BY
Tokay climbing wall by Tokay Gecko
holding small Anole by txbowen , used under CC BY
green lizard with long tail by Melissa Gutierrez , used under CC BY-SA
Anole on log by Paul Hirst , used under CC BY-SA
lizard holding branch by L Church , used under CC BY
Cuban Anole by Thomas Brown , used under CC BY
cargo boat by Gerolf Drebes , used under CC BY-SA
large green lizard by Euku , used under CC BY-SA
fishermen by Anole Annals Blog
lizard on flowers by www.GlynLowe.com , used under CC BY-ND
Anole on pipe by Daniel Ramirez , used under CC BY