b. Molecular, morphological and genetic information of existing and extinct organisms add to our understanding of evolution.
Evidence of student learning is a demonstrated understanding of each of the following:
1. Fossils can be dated by a variety of methods that provide
evidence for evolution. These include the age of the rocks
where a fossil is found, the rate of decay of isotopes including
carbon-14, the relationships within phylogenetic trees, and the
mathematical calculations that take into account information
from chemical properties and/or geographical data.
✘✘ The details of these methods are beyond the scope of this course
and the AP Exam.
2. Morphological homologies represent features shared by common ancestry. Vestigial structures are remnants of functional structures, which can be compared to fossils and provide evidence for evolution.
3. Biochemical and genetic similarities, in particular DNA nucleotide and protein sequences, provide evidence for evolution and ancestry.
- Turn in rock pocket mice activity.
- Grant study - finches
- Evidence for evolution notes
- HW: the Making of the Fittest- HO- > Thursday