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Student webinars for this program run on selected Wednesdays from October 6th 2020. Times are detailed below.

Primate Evolution enables VCE Biology students to put their understanding to the test; students “connect the dots” between anatomical, molecular and behavioural evidence to demonstrate and enhance their understanding of evolutionary processes and the phylogeny of species.

Program description

Zoos Victoria is offering free Virtual Excursions programs. Each excursion comes with a teaching guide, activities and a student webinar. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have an expert educator working remotely to talk directly to you.

Primate Evolution allows VCE Biology students to put their understanding to the test; referring to primate anatomical, molecular and behavioural evidence, identify and analyse adaptations and determine the phylogeny of species.   

The evidence both provided and collected can be used as part of the school-based assessment. 

Students will learn: 

  • Anatomical and behavioural characteristics of primates, hominoids and hominins 
  • Processes that underpin speciation of primates and humans 
  • How to use phylogenetic trees to identify relatedness of species 
  • How to collect and analyse behavioural observation data 

Student webinar

Primate Evolution includes a free 30-minute student webinar. A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will type their questions and ideas.

Webinars run from Tuesday 6th October 2020:

  • Wednesday 7th October 4:15pm - 4:45pm AEDT
  • Wednesday 14th October 4:15pm - 4:45pm AEDT
  • Wednesday 21st October 4:15pm - 4:45pm AEDT

Program resources

In addition to the student webinar, this Virtual Excursion includes the following teaching resources: 

Teaching guide – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar 

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Student workbook  support for your students’ learning 

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Virtual Excursions FAQ – frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions 

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Learning outcomes

VCE Biology Unit 4 - Area of Study 1, Outcome 1 

Key knowledge: 

  • Changes in the genetic makeup of a population  
  • Changes in biodiversity over time 
  • Determining relatedness between species 
  • Human change over time