The Endosymbiotic Theory

Kathleen A. Marrs, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

This page contains class notes and follow-up questions about the endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic origins. The notes cover three main topics - characteristics of prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells and organelles; Lynn Margulis' endosymbiotic theory; and evolution of photosynthesis and aerobic metabolism. Students are asked to generate a hypothesis for the origins of mitochondria and chloroplasts, and there are three follow-up questions at the end of the notes. This page was created for an introductory undergraduate course.

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Subject: Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Biology, Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Evolution, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Metabolism
Resource Type: Course Information:Course Site, Course Site:Course Notes, Course Information
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Biosphere:Evolution:Processes, Biosphere:Microbiology, Evolution:Patterns, Biosphere:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biosphere, Ecology:Metabolism, Biosphere:EvolutionKeywords: eukaryote, prokaryote, nucleus, mitochondria, chloroplast, organelle, endosymbiosis, anaerobic, photosynthesis, double-membrane