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Evidence of Evolution- PreAP
Background: Much evidence has been found to indicate that living things have evolved
or changed gradually during their natural history. The study of fossils as well as work in
embryology, biochemistry, and comparative morphology provides evidence for evolution.
Objective: To compare homologous, analogous, and vestigial structures and analyze
their signifcance in evolutionary history.
I. Foil
Study the fgure at right.
1. hich rock layer is the oldest! """""
#. hich rock layer is the youngest! """""
$. %&plain what can scientists learn about
evolution when comparing di'erent fossils in
di'erent rock layers! ()se terms like
relatedness, e&tinction, transition etc.* +ou
must write at least two complete sentences.

II. !omologou "tructure
1. ,arefully e&amine the drawings of the bones in -igure 1 on the ne&t page.
.ook for similarities among the various animals.
i. ,olor each bone of the human arm a di'erent color. /ll bones of the
wrist (carpals* should be a single color, and the bone groups of the
hand (metacarpals and phalanges* should be a another color. Then
color the corresponding bones (containing the same pattern* in each
of the other animals the same color as the human bone (i.e. if you
color the humerus blue in the human, it should be blue in all the other
ii. 0escribe at least two functions of each set of bones below1
Animal Function
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iii. /re the bones arranged in a similar way in each animal! """""""""
These structures on the following page are formed in similar ways during embryonic
development and share like arrangements4 however, they have somewhat di'erent forms
and functions. They are called homologous structures. %&at doe t&e 're() *&omo+
mean, ______________
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III. Embr-olog-
1. )sing complete sentences, describe how comparing early development can
help scientists learn about the relatedness of species. 5age $67 may give
you a start.
8ive an e&ample9
I.. Analogou tructure
1. %&amine the butter:y wing and the bird wing shown in -igure #.
a. hat function do these structures share!
b. 2ow do the structures di'er internally and e&ternally! (give me
c. 0o birds and insects share any structural similarities that would suggest they
are closely related in the single tree of life that includes all organisms! %&plain.
Some apparently unrelated animals have organs with similar functions, yet are
very di'erent in structure and form. These structures are called analogous
.. .etigial tructure
8radual changes have occurred through time that have, in some cases, reduced or
removed the function of some body structures and organs. The human appendi& that is
reduced and no longer digests rough vegetation and pelvic bones of snakes that have no
legs are e&amples of this phenomenon.
1. The cave fsh and minnow shown in -igure $ are related, but the cave fsh is
a. %&plain why eyesight is not an important adaptation to life in a cave.
b. 0o the appearance of the cave fsh and minnow suggest common
ancestry! %&plain.
;rgans or structures that have lost their function in the organism and have
become reduced in size (because of e<ciency* are called vetigial tructure.
#. =ead the list of human vestigial structures shown in Table #. Suggest a possible
function for each structure and e&plain why it became vestigial (why that
adaptation became less important for survival*. Think about organisms that are
closely related to us and the functions they have for those structures (meaning
other mammals or specifcally other primates*. =ecord your answers in the
table. -or the second part, analyze why this function is no longer needed (has
a di'erent structure taken over that function! 2as the environment changed!*
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"tructure Poible Function01 %&- it i conidered vetigial
Muscles that make
hair stand up
,occy& (tail bone*
Muscles that move
isdom teeth
Anal-i and Inter'retation
1. %&plain why the homologous structures in 5art >> are evidence of evolutionary
#. %&plain the evolutionary relationship between the fn of a fsh and the :ipper of a
whale (a mammal*.
$. .ist two structures (not found in Table #* that you think are vestigial and why. These
structures can be from any living organism, not ?ust humans.
@. hat is the appendi& homologous to in other mammals! hat do homologous
structures indicate!
7. >f a scientist states that two species are closely related based on morphology, what
would you e&pect a comparison of their 0A/ base seBuence to reveal!