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Experimental and Investigative Evolution Laboratory (Biology 403) has been taught at the University of Virginia for the last several years by Janis Antonovics and Doug Taylor. This course typically enrolls roughly ## students total, with laboratory sections of about 15 students each.  The laboratory portion of the course is usually divided into four large learning units, including, microevolution, speciation, reconstructing evolutionary history, and analyzing genetic change. Within each unit, students complete a prescribed group laboratory exercise, and then individual students or small groups of students propose and test hypotheses that build on the first exercise. Each unit concludes with student presentations of these independent projects.