Evolutionary Relationships: Definition & Diagram


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Which is NOT true of evolutionary trees?

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1. According to the evolutionary tree below, which are sister taxa?

2. According to the evolutionary tree below, which would make a monophyletic group?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of evolutionary relationships and how to read a phylogenetic tree.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Evolutionary trees
  • Sister taxa example
  • Monophyletic group example
  • Study of evolutionary relationships
  • Closest relative to humans

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the evolutionary relationships and phylogenetic tree lesson
  • Problem solving- use acquired knowledge to solve phylogenetic tree practice problems
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding evolutionary relationships and patterns with different organisms

Additional Learning

To learn more about evolutionary patterns, review the lesson called Evolutionary Relationships: Definition & Diagram. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Define systematics and phylogenetics
  • Know the difference between taxon and taxa when discussing taxonomy
  • Recall how to read a phylogenetic tree by identifying the branch, node, and root of a tree
  • Review information on a clade
  • Distinguish differences between monophyletic groups and polyphyletic groups
  • Determine the closest relatives of humans