Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny

In a fun and interactive two-day lesson, learners sort anole lizard pictures by appearance. Next, they watch a video about the anoles and re-sort based on the information in the video. In addition to physical characteristics, budding biologists look for DNA differences between the anoles and create an evolutionary family tree.

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Pros

  • Variety of activities will engage several learning styles
  • Examine multiple lines of evidence for evolution and adaptation of anoles
  • Great information for both learners and teacher
Cons

  • Some activities may need to be modified for younger classes