Introduces phylogenetic classification and compares it with the Linnaean classification.
This lesson has an introduction, an activity and scientific inquiry. This case study about classifying the platypus models the scientific process, with scientists arguing, debating, collecting more evidence, and revising their opinions as new data become available.
A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Phylogenetic Classification.
Students construct an evolutionary tree of imaginary animals (Caminalcules) to illustrate how modern classification schemes attempt to reflect evolutionary history. Answer key provided. This activity can be modified with less Caminalcules needed to be classified.
Covers attempts to back breed aurochs through the use of genetics and back breeding. Looks at efforts to restore wild areas of Europe by reintroducing the historical herbivore of the ecosystem.
Looks at velvet worms as an example of an old body form that still persists in some ecosystems. Seeks to get students to consider the basis of science and question their existing perceptions on the organization of life.
Find out about an amazing fossil find with its last meal intact.
The Linnean classification and phylogenetic classification systems are compared in this study guide.
These flashcards help you study important terms and vocabulary from Phylogenetic Classification.