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Evolution connection: Mitochondria and plastids


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This short slide set describes how many characteristics of mitochondria and plastids are explained by their endosymbiotic origins. Save the slide set to your computer to view the explanation and notes that go along with each slide.

UC Museum of Paleontology

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5 minutes

Teaching tips:
Use this resource to relate evolutionary concepts to the topic of organelle structure and function (or get more suggestions for incorporating evolution throughout your biology syllabus). Incorporate these slides immediately after you’ve discussed plant and animal cellular organelles.

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 species evolved from earlier species; the relatedness of organisms is the result of common ancestry.

  • The early evolutionary process of eukaryotes included the merging of prokaryote cells.

  • An organism's features reflect its evolutionary history.

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