Animated evolution – Stated Clearly by Jon Perry

Bird beaks evolved for different purposes. Image by L. Shyamal, licensed under Creative Commons 2.5

Bird beaks evolved for different purposes. Image by L. Shyamal, licensed under Creative Commons 2.5

Sunday was the anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species (first published on 24th November 1859 – you can find his collected works here), so it’s a perfect time to talk about evolution.

Evolution can be a difficult concept to grasp. So I was delighted to find the Stated Clearly series of short, simple animations by Jon Perry that aims to explain random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and many other aspects of evolution.

Simple explanations like this are incredibly valuable for biology teachers, as well as for others who have an interest in the field but have never studied biology. And making a series of short animations about individual aspects of evolution works far better than one long, tedious, serious film because you can pick the bits you’re interested in.

Perry and his team have produced 3 animations already, and aim to create a total of 21: for this they’ll need your help, so please consider making a contribution to help them produce more animations, and you can pat yourself on the back for helping to make evolution more widely understood. And in these days, when there seems to be so much backlash against science, that’s a very good thing.

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