Evolution with Dr Helen Waterhouse

We started off by doing an activity where we had to identify different fossils and write them down on a sheet. It was really cool that there were some real fossils that were hundreds of million years old and we were allowed to touch them.

After this, we had our second activity and it was about DNA.  Dr Helen showed us the structure of DNA. Then she showed us some strings with plastic balls on it to represent a DNA code. We had to find out what living thing the DNA represented. Lots of them were animals.

Finally, we figured out which animals used to be related. We had to compare the structure of each DNA without looking at what the actual animal was. We were really surprised to see some animals that used to be related but now are completely different – this is evidence of evolution.