Island Biogeography

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Summary:ISLAND BIOGEOGRAPHY and Evolution is an activity about the evolution of three species of lizards on the Canary Islands. It is designed for high school biology students. Its purpose is to demonstrate to students that evolutionary problems are complex, and solutions may involve data from various disciplines of science. First, students must arrive at different phylogenetic solutions using only geographical and geological data. Then, students compare the morphology of the species involved, arriving at a more traditional solution to phylogeny. Finally, students deduce a phylogeny based on genetic distance using DNA sequences from cutting edge biotechnology
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:LS4.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-LS4-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns
Subjects: evolution
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