Evolving Idaho

Idaho’s natural history tells the story of evolution. The plants and animals around us are Beetle-1the products of over 3.5 billion years of evolution. Evolving Idaho explores the process of evolution through the eyes of Idaho State University scientists and their research on our local flora and fauna. The exhibit spans the length of evolutionary time and the breadth of evolutionary research divided into 4 main themes: natural selection, adaptation, speciation, and the tree of life.

Beetle-2Why do elk produce such big antlers? Why do flowers attract certain types of pollinators? Why would a beetle bury a mouse? Why does Bear Lake have fish species found nowhere else? Why does a snake have legs? Why can’t some people drink milk? How long ago did mammals evolve? How is all of the diversity of life related? Explore these evolutionary questions and much more when you visit Evolving Idaho.