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Everyone has family.  In this section of Dragonfly we will learn how traits are passed down from parents to children.  We'll show you how one scientist used peas to help explain why parents share common traits with their offspring.  In the section called "Like Mother, Like Son" you'll find out if chimps can recognize their family members.  You'll also have the chance to see if you're smarter than a bunch of chimps by matching the traits of parents to their children.
Charles Darwin was a scientist that lived from 1809-1882.  During his life he created the most widely accepted explanation for evolution.  When Darwin was a young man he went on a trip to the Galapagos Islands where he watched many of the animals and plants.  Like any good scientist, Darwin began to ask questions.  He wondered what made certain animals survive while others died.  He also wondered how different species of animals have similar traits.  Eventually, all this questioning led Darwin to create his theory of Natural Selection.
Discover scientific reasons why children look like their parents.
Gregor Mendel (1822-84) was a scientist from Austria whose experiments
tell us why children inherit some of their parentsā traits and why sometimes children
look like a mixture of both their parents. 
Learn how peas helped to solve the mystery of genetics.
We, as humans, get an enormous amount of information from faces.  Just from a face we can tell who a person is, whether they are male or female, and what their mood is.  And sometimes we can tell who their relatives are.  I wonder whether chimpanzees see faces as we do.
Do Chimpanzees see facial similarities among family members the same way we do?
Let's see if you're smarter than the chimps.  We will give you a parent and by using the information on trait inheritance that you learned in the Mendel pages, you will have to decide what children belong to them.
Can you tell which children belong to which parents?

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