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Chapter 17.2

Chapter 17.2 vocab

TermDefinition
systematics the classification of living organisms in terms of their natural relationships
phylogenetics the analysis if the evolutionary or ancestral relationships among taxa
phylogenetic diagram a branching diagram that shows how organisms are related through variation
cladistics a phylogenetic classification system that uses shared derived characters and ancestry as the sole criterion for group taxa
shared character
derived character
clade the group of organisms that includes an ancestor plus all of its descendants
cladogram a diagram that is based on patterns of shared, derived traits and that shows the evolutionary relationships between groups of organisms
Created by: CoffeyM20