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  • Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

    Activities

    This activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are guided to sort the lizard species by appearance, then generate a phylogenetic tree using the lizards’ DNA sequences to evaluate whether species that appear similar are closely related to each other.

  • The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    Short Films

    (17 min 45 sec) In the Caribbean islands, adaptation to several common habitats has led to a large adaptive radiation with interesting examples of convergent evolution. Also available in Spanish.

  • Teacher Guide: Evolution

    Teacher Guide: Evolution

    Resource Guides

    Topics include: natural selection, artificial selection, population genetics, human adaptations and evolution, and phylogenetics.

  • Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences

    Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences

    Click & Learn

    This Click and Learn explains how DNA sequences can be used to generate such trees, and how to interpret them. English version is ADA accessible.

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Biodiversity and Evolutionary Trees

    Activities

    Construct evolutionary trees by sorting seashells. To accompany the lecture series Exploring Biodiversity: The Search for New Medicines and the Sorting Seashells Click and Learn interactive.

  • Sorting Seashells

    Sorting Seashells

    Click & Learn

    Explore principles of taxonomy by sorting seashells according to their morphological characteristics and constructing an evolutionary tree.

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