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Why study the tree of life?

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Overview:
This short video provides several examples of the practical applications of phylogenetics.
This resource is available from the Peabody Museum of Natural History

Author/Source:
Peabody Museum of Natural History

Grade level:
9-12

Time:
4 minutes

Teaching tips:
This video would make a nice wrap-up to a unit on phylogenetics or a good introduction to an activity in which students explore a practical application of phylogenetics.

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

  • Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)

  • Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)

  • As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life.

Teacher background:

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