Gen Bio Unit 6b: Biodiversity

Theme 6: Evolution

Unit 6b: Biodiversity (Question-based Objectives)

Keywords: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, binomial nomenclature, phylogenetic tree, geographic isolation, reproductive isolation, genetic variation, genetic drift, mutations, common ancestor, stimulus, innate behavior, learned behavior, migration, aggression, camouflage, mating displays, hibernation


  1. How do we group all of the organisms of our planet?
  2. How are family trees of organisms created?
  3. How did there get to be so many different types of organisms?
  4. What types of diseases can be inherited genetically?
  5. How do different behaviors contribute to an organism’s ability to survive and/or reproduce?


  1. Kansas Reptile Classification and Phylogenetic Trees Worksheet (also requires “Kansas Reptile Classification PPT”, “Kansas Reptile Classification Key”, and “Kansas Reptile Classification Index (Collins)”)
  2. Biodiversity Through Evolution Worksheet
  3. Genetic Disease Poster Project and Disease Poster Rubric
  4. Behavior Worksheet
  5. Planaria Behavior Lab (Collins and Harker)


  1. Microevolution versus macroevolution
  2. Cladograms versus phylogenetic trees
  3. Evolution of domestic dogs
  4. Human evolution

Further Research: cladistics, derived characters, convergent evolution, analogous structures, cladogram, circadian rhythms, imprinting, habituation



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