THE INFINITE VARIETY: THE BEGINNING OF LIFE
This material was originally prepared for a first year tutorial system at the Zoology Department and is built around the David Attenborough film series "Life on Earth". At the time of development there was not intention to develop it as eLearning content. With the introduction of the Ecological Informatics courses at the University of the Western Cape, it became necessary to provide a basic review of how Biodiversity evolved. In updating extensive use of hypertext is used so you can dip and out at various points of the material and get additional information. This material should be used in conjunction with viewing of the material "Life on Earth" by David Attenborough, but we also encourage you to follow the hyperlinks and examine the classifications provided.
For both updating and providing supplementary information I have used the public domain Wikipedia Encyclopaedia, and unless otherwise stated all images and nomenclature/classifications were sourced from Wikipedia and Wikispecies.
This resource was developed using standard html and ccs and should work under all platforms and browser configurations, but extensive use of pop-up is made which means that you must enable pop-ups and your browser is java-enabled.
For registered UWC students assessment criteria will be provided separately through continuous assessment (using electronic quizzes), discussion forum and a course-project.
Good Luck with your Biodiversity studies.
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