Evolution Of Ant-Mimicking Beetles

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This resource is a published scientific figure exploring the evolutionary origins of the subfamily Aleocharinae. These beetles evolved to mimic ants and parasitize them. Students interpret a phylogenetic tree from published research to analyze patterns of convergent evolution. A handout guides them to take notes and explore.


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  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    This is a nice walkthrough of interpreting phylogenetic tables, which can be a bit overwhelming to students unfamiliar with them. We would like to see a bit more background for teachers, who also may not have worked with these tables before.

    Accessibility Note: the table uses the color red; some students may have difficulty interpreting it.

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