Lessons in biogeography: Simulating evolution using playing cards

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Paul A. Knapp, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This exercise links our day-to-day understanding of probabilities with the concepts of evolution as it relates to biogeographic processes. The complex idea of natural selection is presented in a simple, nonthreatening, and fun way. A variety of scenarios can be used to illustrate the effects of evolutionary pressure. The effects of selective pressures along with the consequences of either lethal or strongly positive mutations can be illustrated through a number of generations. Genetic drift can also be shown.

Additional Information

Journal of Geography 93:96-100
Language: English
Date: 1994
evolution, biogeography, simulation, mutations, genetic drift, natural selection

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