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This introduction to the evolution of mammals considers Darwin's observations on mammals and how he noticed that species fell into natural groups. This free course, School activities: Evolutionary tree of mammals, looks at evidence from fossils and DNA to examine which mammals are most closely related to whales.

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Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • develop an appreciation of the huge variety of different mammals that exist on Earth today
  • see how fossil evidence can help us to understand evolutionary history
  • understand how the structure of DNA can help us to detect differences between different species
  • apply the techniques of DNA analysis to work out which mammals are most closely related to each other
  • appreciate the importance of bringing together evidence from different sources.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 25/08/2017

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