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Species Spotlight - Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies are beautiful and unique creatures. Not only do they undergo metamorphosis and change from a caterpillar to a butterfly, they engage in transgenerational migration. These butterflies spend their entire lives traveling from Canada to Mexico, a journey of over 2000 miles.
Species Spotlight - Flamingo
Everyone loves the Flamingo. The huge pink bird that famously stands on one leg has captured human attention for generations with its beautiful pink plumage. Learn all about the flamingo in this species spotlight article.
Science Experiment – Taster Status
Do you know your taster status? Using PTC strips and blue food coloring, you can find out! Do these fun science experiments to see if you are an average taster or a super taster. What's your status?
Saving the Northern Spotted Owl
The northern spotted owl is an endangered species. When it was listed as endangered in 1990, government officials decided to take action. Scientists and government officials worked together to protect the northern spotted owl.
Recycling helps you and the environment. Check out this article for helpful tips and innovative ideas in recycling, including prerecycling, composting, vermicomposting and using florescent lighting.
Phylogenetics and the Biological Tree of Life
Classic taxonomy has been joined by a new method: phylogenetics. Phylogenetics is the study of the evolutionary history of living organisms and how each organism is related to each other through common ancestry. Using phylogenetics, biologists may construct the biological tree of life.
May Flowers Bring Pollinators
April flowers bring may flowers, but what do may flowers bring? Pollinators! Many animals pollinate flowers. This allows the flowers to reproduce and form seeds and fruits. One such pollinator, bees, see flowers through UV light.
Lucy - One of the Oldest Human Ancestors
Who were our human ancestors? Meet one of the oldest: Lucy. Lucy was a member of a species of hominids that made up some of our oldest human ancestors. Lucy's skeleton is the most complete ancestral skeletal ever to be found and the only one to be named after a Beatles song.
Identifying a Monophyletic Group
Monophyletic groups share traits in common with one another. These groups share the same common ancestor. Scientists use monophyletic groups to classify organisms based on their shared heritable traits. Trace an organism's place in evolution using a life tree.
History of Phylogenetic Trees
Who came up with the first phylogenetic tree? Tree of Life diagrams have been around much longer than anyone suspected for being such a new, unique way of classifying organisms. Explore the history of phylogenetics and the biological tree of life.
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