Chapter 26 - Chapter 26 Phylogeny and the Tree of Life...

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Chapter 26 Phylogeny and the Tree of Life • Overview: Investigating the Tree of Life Phylogeny is the evolutionary history of a species or group of related species • The discipline of systematics classifies organisms and determines their evolutionary relationships • Systematists use fossil, molecular, and genetic data to infer evolutionary relationships Concept 26.1: Phylogenies show evolutionary relationships Taxonomy is the ordered division and naming of organisms • Binomial Nomenclature • In the 18th century, Carolus Linnaeus published a system of taxonomy based on resemblances • Two key features of his system remain useful today: two-part names for species and hierarchical classification • The two-part scientific name of a species is called a binomial • The first part of the name is the genus • The second part, called the specific epithet, is unique for each species within the genus • The first letter of the genus is capitalized, and the entire species name is italicized • Both parts together name the species (not the specific epithet alone) • Hierarchical Classification • Linnaeus introduced a system for grouping species in increasingly broad categories • The taxonomic groups from broad to narrow are domain , kingdom , phylum , class , order , family , genus , and species • A taxonomic unit at any level of hierarchy is called a taxon • Linking Classification and Phylogeny
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• Systematists depict evolutionary relationships in branching phylogenetic trees • Linnaean classification and phylogeny can differ from each other • Systematists have proposed the PhyloCode, which recognizes only groups that include a common ancestor and all its descendents • A phylogenetic tree represents a hypothesis about evolutionary relationships • Each branch point represents the divergence of two species Sister taxa are groups that share an immediate common ancestor • A rooted tree includes a branch to represent the last common ancestor of all taxa in the tree • A polytomy is a branch from which more than two groups emerge • What We Can and Cannot Learn from Phylogenetic Trees Phylogenetic trees do show patterns of descent • Phylogenetic trees do not indicate when species evolved or how much genetic change occurred in a lineage • It shouldn’t be assumed that a taxon evolved from the taxon next to it • Applying Phylogenies • Phylogeny provides important information about similar characteristics in closely related species • A phylogeny was used to identify the species of whale from which “whale meat” originated • Phylogenies of anthrax bacteria helped researchers identify the source of a
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Chapter 26 - Chapter 26 Phylogeny and the Tree of Life...

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