Constructing Phylogenetic Trees: The Whippo Story
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An interactive lecture in which students are presented with three sets of data from which they draw phylogenetic trees. These trees can then be collected and projected in class. The data include habitat and feeding behavior, skeletons, and DNA sequences. This allows students to see that biological theories must change as new data is discovered. It also forces students to explore which attributes of an organism are the most important in determining relatedness.
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Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
In the instructors notes there are also two sets of multiple choice and short answer questions along with a rubric.
References and Resources
Becoming whales - A lesson on whale evolution
Whale Evolution Kiosk