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Phylogenetic Tree: Definition & Types

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What is the sister taxa to taxon A?

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1. What is a shared derived trait?

2. How is a phylogram different than a cladogram?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Phylogenetic systematics is a complex field of science. Quiz questions will test your knowledge on the different types and definitions associated with phylogenetic trees.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will test you on the following:

  • Taxonomy
  • Shared derived traits
  • Differences in phylogenetic trees
  • Founder of phylogenetic systematics
  • Definition of speciation event

Skills Practiced

This assessment will allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw the most important information from the article to answer questions about phylogenetic trees
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key phrases such as derived traits and speciation event
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge to answer questions about traits.

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson titled Phylogenetic Tree: Definition & Types, you will have the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • What makes up the tree of life
  • How to decipher different relationships
  • Why shared traits happen among species
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