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What did T. Rex Taste Like?
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In this web-based module students are introduced to cladistics, which organizes living things by common ancestry and evolutionary relationships.
UC Museum of Paleontology
Two to four class periods.
- Biological evolution accounts for diversity over long periods of time.
- An organismís features reflect its evolutionary history.
- Similarities among existing organisms provide evidence for evolution.
- Anatomical similarities of living things reflect common ancestry.
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientists use anatomical evidence to infer the relatedness of taxa.
- Scientists use fossils (including sequences of fossils showing gradual change over time) to learn about past life.
- Classification is based on evolutionary relationships.
- Evolutionary trees (i.e., phylogenies or cladograms) are built from multiple lines of evidence.
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