Maximum Parsimony & Likelihood Methods in Phylogeny

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What are we studying in phylogeny?

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1. What is another term for a phylogenetic graph of the evolutionary history of various species?

2. At its most basic, what is parsimony?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Get an idea of how much you understand regarding the concepts of maximum parsimony and likelihood methods with this quiz and worksheet combo. Areas of study that will come up on the quiz include what is tested by likelihood and how maximum parsimony is expressed in the species of a tree/trees.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet/quiz will gauge how well you understand:

  • Definition of parsimony
  • The study of phylogeny
  • How else you could refer to a phylogenetic graph
  • A fundamental way of describing parsimony

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on maximum parsimony and likelihood methods
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as parsimony and phylogeny
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what is tested by likelihood

Additional Learning

With the lesson entitled Maximum Parsimony & Likelihood Methods in Phylogeny, you can look deeper into the language of genetics. The following topics will be central to this area of study:

  • A common ancestor of any given species
  • The various relationships between living things
  • Maximum likelihood
  • Long branch attraction of a species
  • Morphologies
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