Phylogenetics has affected almost every area of biology - even the most basic one: how we classify organisms. Find out how phylogenetic classification works and what its advantages are.
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Evolution: Education and Outreach
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Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- 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. (LS4.A)
- Classification is based on evolutionary relationships.
- Evolutionary relationships may be represented by branching trees (i.e. phylogenies or cladograms).