Fossil/modern mole phylogeny
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This page first made public: Jun 4, 2009
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
basic phylogenetics, including tree generation and tree description and comparison.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- phylogenetic analysis, especially the difficulties of character coding and the relationship between characters and the resulting phylogeny
- advanced understanding of some aspect of skeletal morphology.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- reading and critically evaluating scientific literature
- manipulation and analysis of phylogenetic data
- evaluation and comparison of competing hypotheses
- a priori and a posteriori hypothesis evaluation
- developing hypotheses for future studies from existing results
Other skills goals for this activity
- writing up the results of a scientific study
- coordinating group work
- entering phylogenetic data and running a phylogenetic analysis using current research software
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment:Student handout for Mole Phylogeny Assignment (Microsoft Word 33kB Jun4 09)
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