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Evo-devo

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Overview:
Understanding the process of development can help us understand how some major evolutionary changes occurred and why others did not.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
13-16

Time:
20

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Similarities among existing organisms (including morphological, developmental, and molecular similarities) reflect common ancestry and provide evidence for evolution.

  • Features sometimes acquire new functions through natural selection.

  • New heritable traits can result from mutations.

  • Complex traits can arise through the cooption of another trait.

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