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Product 14240

By: The Flinn Staff

Classification and Phylogenetic Trees Laboratory Kit for biology and life science is a series of clever activities related to classification and phylogenetic relationships.

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Caminalcules are attention-getting, imaginary organisms created by the late Joseph Camin. The unique organisms, with their strange anatomy, have stimulated a series of clever activities related to classification and phylogenetic relationships. First, students develop a defensible classification scheme for “living” caminalcules. During this preliminary process they will come to realize that classification is not an absolute science, and disagreements can occur. Next students examine “fossil” caminalcules and create a phylogenetic tree based on their own defensible pattern of classification. These imaginary organisms will put fun into your teaching of classification while providing a great deal of thinking in the process.

Super Value Kit is complete for 30 students working in pairs. All materials are reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Crosscutting Concepts


Performance Expectations

MS-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
HS-LS4-1. Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.