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  • AIM: How do comparative studies help trace evolution?

  • How do we know we are related to chimps & gorillas?COMMON ANCESTOR

  • Comparative StudiesStudy of similarities between living things.

    Provides evidence of a common origin (ancestor)

  • Why do scientists do comparative studies?To observe how closely organisms are related to each other and see evolutionary patterns

  • COMPARATIVE STUDIESWho are we closely related to?Who are we distantly related to?

  • Types of Comparative Studies



    Biochemistry DNA and Proteins

  • Comparative AnatomyWhat is anatomy?What do you think comparative anatomy studies?Study of structural similarities and differences in living things

  • HOMOLOGOUS STRUCTURESDo you see any similarities between these organisms?How are they similar? How are they different?

    Homologous Structures - similar structures, different form & function. Shows evolutionary relationships (they are related).

  • VESTIGIAL ORGANSThe appendix and the tail bone are both VESTIGIAL organs. What do they have in common?

    Vestigial structures- have no function.

    Why would an organism possess organs with little or no function?They are remnants of structures that may have had important functions in ancestral species, but no clear function in modern descendants.Hind leg in whales

  • ANALOGOUS STRUCTURESWhat do these two images have in common? Insect WingAnalogous Structures- similar form and function, different internal structure. Does not show evolutionary relationships.

  • Divergent vs. Convergent Evolution:Divergent Evolution- the pattern of evolution in which species that were once similar to an ancestral speciesbecome increasingly different. Convergent Evolution- the pattern of evolution in whichdistantly related organisms evolve similar traits.

  • When do each of these types of evolution occur?Divergent Evolution occurs when populations changeas they adapt to different environmental conditions.Once related species now look different.Convergent Evolution occurs when unrelated species occupy similar environments in different parts of the world. Unrelated species now look the same.

  • Which is Which?

    Which is the gorilla, fish and rabbit?

  • Comparative EmbryologyIn Comparative Embryology, related organisms show similar embryonic development

  • Comparative BiochemistryComparative Biochemistry compares the DNA or Amino Acids of an organism in order to find relationships among living things. The more similar the DNA and Amino Acids, the more closely the two organisms are related.

  • Common AncestorThis evidence leads to the idea of:COMMON ANCESTRYAll species living and extinct were derived from common ancestors.

  • The Results of Genetic Variation:Structural Change- the physical features of an organism.Functional Change- molecular or biochemical changes affect how an organism works. Changes inDNA often lead to functional changes.Behavioral Change- many of the specific behaviors today have becomecommon because they have resultedin greater reproductive success.


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