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1 September 2012 Clay Caterpillars: a Tool for Ecology & Evolution Laboratories
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I present a framework for ecology and evolution laboratory exercises using artificial caterpillars made from modeling clay. Students generate and test hypotheses about predation rates on caterpillars that differ in appearance or “behavior” to understand how natural selection by predators shapes distribution and physical characteristics of organisms.

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Nicholas A. Barber "Clay Caterpillars: a Tool for Ecology & Evolution Laboratories," The American Biology Teacher 74(7), (1 September 2012). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.7.15
Published: 1 September 2012
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