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An introduction to biological systematics
This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. A crucial consideration in macroevolutionary studies is that of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of the organisms in question. The course begins with an introduction to the scope of macroevolutionary studies and illustrates methods of reconstructing phylogeny, from both morphological and molecular data.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the patterns and processes of evolution above the species level
- appreciate the differences between the three methods of phylogenetic analysis: evolutionary systematics, phenetics, cladistics.
First Published: 09/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Systematics and the reconstruction of phylogeny
- 2 A first approach to systematics
- 2 A first approach to systematics
- 2.1 Introduction
- 2.2 Darwin, Linnaeus and Simpson
- 2.3 What does relationship mean in systematics? G.G. Simpson
- 2.4 What does relationship mean in systematics? E. Mayr
- 2.5 What does relationship mean in systematics? W. Hennig
- 2.6 Three schools of classification
- 2.7 Inferring relationships of common ancestry
- 2.8 Systematic hierarchy
- 2.9 Conflicting morphological characters
- 2.10 Chimps, gorillas and humans
- 2.11 Consequences of human / chimp pairing
- 2.12 Translating a cladogram into a classification
- 2.13 Systematics and biogeography
- 2.14 Summing up
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