National Academies Unveil Evolution Web Site

The National Academies unveiled a new resource for the public on evolution. The website, http://nationalacademies.org/evolution
allows easy access to books, position statements, and additional resources on evolution education and research. These materials have been produced by the National Academies and other sources.

The theory of evolution is one of science's most robust theories, and the National Academies have long supported the position that evolution be taught as a central element in any science education program.

Over the past several years, however, there has been a growing movement around the country to include nonscientifically based "alternatives" in science courses. Currently there are challenges to the teaching of evolution in some 40 states or local school districts. (For more details, visit the website of the National Center for Science Education, http://ncseweb.org).

The National Academies comprise the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. They are private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter. For more information, visit http://nationalacademies.org or call the Office of News and Public Information at 202-334-2138.

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