Understanding evolutionary relationships is an important element to understanding why organisms are placed in similar groups

  • Understanding evolutionary relationships is an important element to understanding why organisms are placed in similar groups.  In this step, you will be searching for a phylogenetic tree online, and making some observations related to the characteristics that group those organisms. You should use Chapter 12.1 as a guide.  Here are the steps to follow for this section:  
    • Pick a group of organisms that you would like to find a phylogenetic tree for from the following list: Plants, animals, vertebrates or invertebrates
    • In the google search bar, search for the following “plants (or whichever you pick), phylogenetic tree).
    • Click on “Images” below the Google search bar. You should see several trees that pop up.  Find one that contains some characters (physical descriptions) so you can make some conclusions regarding the organisms.
    • Provide the following in your response:
  1. 1 picture of the phylogenetic tree you found.
  2. Write a summary of the characters or traits that are responsible for grouping organisms.  Include an assessment of which organisms in the group are more closely related, as well as anything interesting or odd you found about the evolutionary relationships of the organisms.

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