Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 582–584

Evolution and Biogeography: Leading Students in Darwin’s and Wallace’s Footsteps

Overcoming Obstacles to EVOLUTION

DOI: 10.1007/s12052-012-0459-1

Cite this article as:
Rosenau, J. Evo Edu Outreach (2012) 5: 582. doi:10.1007/s12052-012-0459-1


Exploring life’s diversity and geography’s effect on it was central to Darwin and Wallace’s parallel discoveries of evolution. Those discoveries required the two to overcome their own misconceptions about species and biology. By helping students to see the world through the eyes of explorers and placing life’s diversity into a geographic context, teachers can help students overcome those same barriers to the acceptance of evolution and deepen students’ appreciation of biodiversity.


BiogeographyTeaching evolutionCharles DarwinAlfred Russel Wallace

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Center for Science EducationOaklandUSA