Students learn how to create, and read, phylogenetic trees. This resources is desgined to be a guide for the FREE online resource 'All In The Family'.
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The activity presents three groups of organisms for students to arrange into phylogenetic trees to show their evolutionary relationship. Students explore evidence to guide their decisions, such as compared anatomy and DNA sequences.
This resource helps hold students accountable by asking them to record the observations they make, as well as their phylogenetic trees. There are also a few questions that help gauge their understanding of how to read the tree.
It is important that students have a working knowledge of phylogenetic trees before they do this activity. They will be asked to read the trees they have created and identify the location of common ancestors.
A full answer key is included!
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