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3 Multiple choice questions

  1. wolf
  2. Ivy leaf and pine needle
  3. The term "monophyletic" refers to a taxon that includes an ancestral species and all of its descendants.

3 True/False questions

  1. The relative lengths of the frog and mouse branches in the phylogeny in Figure 26.13 in your textbook indicate that

    frogs evolved before mice.
    the genes of frogs and mice have only coincidental homoplasies.
    the homolog has evolved more slowly in mice.
    the homolog has evolved more rapidly in mice.
    mice evolved before frogs.
    they provide positional information in the embryo


  2. Miller and Urey's experiments that attempted to recreate conditions on early Earth were significant because _____.

    they showed how polymers could form spontaneously on a clay substrate
    they showed that organic molecules such as amino acids could be produced from inorganic molecules
    they showed how radiometric dating could be used to give the absolute ages of rocks and fossils
    proved the endosymbiotic theory
    they produced the first protocells
    RNA has both information storage and catalytic properties.


  3. Radiometric dating _____.

    allows us to determine an absolute, errorless date
    only works on rocks younger than 75,000 years
    allows us to indirectly date fossils up to billions of years old based on minerals in surrounding volcanic strata
    relies on the fact that the daughter isotope decays to the parent isotope at a constant rate
    can be used to directly date fossils in sedimentary rock
    "tinkering" with existing structures