Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

This is part of: The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree
Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

Summary

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.

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Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS (2013) LS - 14
  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 7
  • IB Biology (2009) - 4
NGSS (2013) LS
MS-LS1-5, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MA-LS4.C, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.D
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4, 1.B.2, 1.C.1, 1.C.2, 1.C.3
IB Biology (2009)
5.1, 5.4, D2, D5