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This short video introduces basic concepts in phylogenetics and provides a model to help understand lineage-splitting.
This resource is available from the Peabody Museum of Natural History
Peabody Museum of Natural History
This video provides a brief and intriguing introduction to phylogenetics. It would make a good opener for a unit in which students learn more about evolutionary trees and work with phylogenies.
- Through billions of years of evolution, life forms have continued to diversify in a branching pattern, from single-celled ancestors to the diversity of life on Earth today.
- Present-day life forms are descended from past life forms; all life is related.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Evolutionary relationships may be represented by branching trees (i.e. phylogenies or cladograms).
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observations, comparisons, and modeling) to collect evidence.
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Science is a human endeavor.