The legless condition that is observed in several groups of extant
reptiles is the result of
A) their common ancestor having been legless.
B) a shared adaptation to an arboreal (living in trees) lifestyle.
C) several instances of the legless condition arising independently of each other.
D) individual lizards adapting to a fossorial (living in burrows) lifestyle during their
The scientific discipline concerned with naming organisms is
C) binomial nomenclature.
) The various taxonomic levels (viz, genera, classes, etc.) of the
system differ from each other on the basis of
A) how widely the organisms assigned to each are distributed throughout the
B) the body sizes of the organisms assigned to each.
C) their inclusiveness.
D) the relative genome sizes of the organisms assigned to each.
E) morphological characters that are applicable to all organisms.
Which of these illustrates the correct representation of the binomial
scientific name for the
A) Panthera leo
B) panthera leo
C) Panthera leo
D) Panthera Leo
E) Panthera leo
A phylogenetic tree that is ʺrootedʺ is one
A) that extends back to the origin of life on Earth.
B) at whose base is located the common ancestor of all taxa depicted on that tree.
C) that illustrates the rampant gene swapping that occurred early in lifeʹs history.
D) that indicates our uncertainty about the evolutionary relationships of the taxa
depicted on the tree.
E) with very few branch points.
The correct sequence, from the most to the least comprehensive, of
the taxonomic levels
listed here is
A) family, phylum, class, kingdom, order, species, and genus.
B) kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.
C) kingdom, phylum, order, class, family, genus, and species.
D) phylum, kingdom, order, class, species, family, and genus.
E) phylum, family, class, order, kingdom, genus, and species.
The common housefly belongs to all of the following taxa. Assuming
you had access to
textbooks or other scientific literature, knowing which of the following should provide you
with the most specific information about the common housefly?
A) order Diptera
B) family Muscidae
C) genus Musca
D) class Hexapoda
E) phylum Arthropoda
If organisms A, B, and C belong to the same class but to different
orders and if organisms
D, E, and F belong to the same order but to different families, which of the following pairs
of organisms would be expected to show the greatest degree of structural homology?
A) A and B
B) A and C
C) B and D
D) C and F
E) D and F
Darwin analogized the effects of evolution as the above-ground
portion of a
many-branched tree, with extant species being the tips of the twigs. The common ancestor
of two species is most analogous to which anatomical tree part?
A) a single twig that gets longer with time
B) a node where two twigs diverge
C) a twig that branches with time
D) the trunk
E) neighboring twigs attached to the same stem
Dozens of potato varieties exist, differing from each other in
potato-tuber size, skin color,
flesh color, and shape. One might construct a classification of potatoes based on these
morphological traits. Which of these criticisms of such a classification scheme is most likely
to come from an adherent of the phylocode method of classification?
A) Flesh color, rather than skin color, is a valid trait to use for classification because it is
less susceptible to change with the age of the tuber.
B) Flower color is a better classification criterion, because below-ground tubers can be
influenced by minerals in the soil as much as by their genes.
C) A more useful classification would codify potatoes based on the texture and flavor of
their flesh, because this is what humans are concerned with.
D) The most accurate phylogenetic code is that of Linnaeus. Classify potatoes based on
Linnaean principles; not according to their color.
E) The only biologically valid classification of potato varieties is one that accurately
reflects their genetic and evolutionary relatedness.
The term ʺhomoplasyʺ is most applicable to which of these
A) the legless condition found in various types of extant lizards
B) the 5-digit condition of human hands and bat wings
C) the beta-hemoglobin genes of mice and of humans
D) the fur that covers Australian moles and North American moles
E) the basic skeletal features of dog forelimbs and cat forelimbs
If, someday, an archaean cell is discovered whose SSU-rRNA sequence
is more similar to
that of humans than the sequence of mouse SSU-rRNA is to that of humans, the best
explanation for this apparent discrepancy would be
C) common ancestry.
D) retro-evolution by humans.
E) co-evolution of humans and that archaean.
) The best classification system is that which most closely
A) unites organisms that possess similar morphologies.
B) conforms to traditional, Linnaean taxonomic practices.
C) reflects evolutionary history.
D) corroborates the classification scheme in use at the time of Charles Darwin.
E) reflects the basic separation of prokaryotes from eukaryotes.
Which of the following pairs are the best examples of homologous
A) bat wing and human hand
B) owl wing and hornet wing
C) porcupine quill and cactus spine
D) bat forelimb and bird wing
E) Australian mole and North American mole
) Some molecular data place the giant panda in the bear family
(Ursidae) but place the lesser
panda in the raccoon family (Procyonidae). Consequently, the morphological similarities of
these two species are probably due to
A) inheritance of acquired characteristics.
B) sexual selection.
C) inheritance of shared derived characters.
D) possession of analogous structures.
E) possession of shared primitive characters.
In angiosperm plants, flower morphology can be very intricate. If a
tree, such as a New
Mexico locust, has flowers that share many morphological intricacies with flowers of the
sweet pea vine, then the most likely explanation for these floral similarities is the same
general explanation for the similarities between the
A) dorsal fins of sharks and of dolphins.
B) reduced eyes of Australian moles and North American moles.
C) scales on moth wings and the scales of fish skin.
D) cranial bones of humans and those of chimpanzees.
E) adaptations for flight in birds and adaptations for flight in bats.
The importance of computers and of computer software to modern
cladistics is most closely
linked to advances in
A) light microscopy.
B) radiometric dating.
C) fossil discovery techniques.
D) Linnaean classification.
E) molecular genetics.
) Which mutation should least require realignment of homologous
regions of a gene that is
common to several related species?
A) 3-base insertion
B) 1-base substitution
C) 4-base insertion
D) 1-base deletion
E) 3-base deletion
The common ancestors of birds and mammals were very early (stem)
reptiles, which almost
certainly possessed 3-chambered hearts (2 atria, 1 ventricle). Birds and mammals, however,
are alike in having 4-chambered hearts (2 atria, 2 ventricles). The 4-chambered hearts of
birds and mammals are best described as
A) structural homologies.
D) the result of shared ancestry.
E) molecular homologies.
Generally, within a lineage, the largest number of shared derived
characters should be
found among two organisms that are members of the same
A common ancestor for both species C and E could be at position
The two extant species that are most closely related to each other
A) A and B.
B) B and C.
C) C and D.
D) D and E.
E) E and A.
) Which species are extinct?
A) A and E
B) A and B
C) C and D
D) D and E
E) cannot be determined from the information provided
Which extinct species should be the best candidate to serve as the
outgroup for the clade
whose common ancestor occurs at position 2?
If this evolutionary tree is an accurate depiction of relatedness,
then which of the following
should be correct?
1. The entire tree is based on maximum parsimony.
2. If all species depicted here make up a taxon, this taxon is monophyletic.
3. The last common ancestor of species B and C occurred more recently than the last
common ancestor of species D and E.
4. Species A is the direct ancestor of both species B and species C.
5. The species present at position 3 is ancestral to C, D, and E.
A) 2 and 5
B) 1 and 3
C) 3 and 4
D) 2, 3, and 4
E) 1, 2, and 3
Which of the following numbers represents a polyphyletic
E) more than one of these
) If this figure is an accurate depiction of relatedness, then which
taxon is unacceptable,
based on cladistics?
) Which of the following is not true of all horizontally oriented
phylogenetic trees, where
time advances to the right?
A) Each branch point represents a point in absolute time.
B) Organisms represented at the base of such trees are ancestral to those represented at
C) The more branch points that occur between two taxa, the more divergent their DNA
sequences should be.
D) The common ancestor represented by the rightmost branch point existed more
recently in time than the common ancestors represented at branch points located to
E) The more branch points there are, the more taxa are likely to be represented.
Ultimately, which of these serves as the basis for both the principle
of maximum parsimony
and the principle that shared complexity indicates homology rather than analogy?
A) the laws of thermodynamics
B) Boyleʹs law
C) the laws of probability
D) chaos theory
E) Hutchinsonʹs law
) Shared derived characters are most likely to be found in taxa that
A taxon, all of whose members have the same common ancestor,
The term that is most appropriately associated with clade is
If birds are excluded from the class Reptilia, the term that
consequently describes the class
If the eukaryotic condition arose, independently, several different
evolutionary history, and if ancestors of these different lineages are extant and are classified
in the domain Eukarya, then the domain Eukarya would be
When using a cladistic approach to systematics, which of the
following is considered most
important for classification?
A) shared primitive characters
B) analogous primitive characters
C) shared derived characters
D) the number of homoplasies
E) overall phenotypic similarity
The four-chambered hearts of birds and the four-chambered hearts of
independently of each other. If one were unaware of this independence, then one might
logically conclude that
A) the birds were the first to evolve a 4-chambered heart.
B) birds and mammals are more distantly related than is actually the case.
C) early mammals possessed feathers.
D) the common ancestor of birds and mammals had a four-chambered heart.
E) birds and mammals should be placed in the same family.
Phylogenetic hypotheses (such as those represented by phylogenetic
trees) are strongest
A) they are based on amino acid sequences from homologous proteins, as long as the
genes that code for such proteins contain no introns.
B) each clade is defined by a single derived character.
C) they are supported by more than one kind of evidence, such as when fossil evidence
corroborates molecular evidence.
D) they are accepted by the foremost authorities in the field, especially if they have won
E) they are based on a single DNA sequence that seems to be a shared derived sequence.
Cladograms (a type of phylogenetic tree) constructed from evidence
systematics are based on similarities in
B) the pattern of embryological development.
C) biochemical pathways.
D) habitat and lifestyle choices.
E) mutations to homologous genes
Based on the tabular data, and assuming that time advances
vertically, which cladogram (a
type of phylogenetic tree) is the most likely depiction of the evolutionary relationships
among these five species?
Regarding these sequence homology data, the principle of maximum
parsimony would be
A) distinguishing introns from exons.
B) determining degree of sequence homology.
C) selecting appropriate genes for comparison among species.
D) inferring evolutionary relatedness from the number of sequence differences.
Which process hinders clarification of the deepest branchings in a
phylogenetic tree that
depicts the origins of the three domains?
A) binary fission
D) horizontal gene transfer
E) gene duplication
What kind of evidence has recently made it necessary to assign the
prokaryotes to either of
two different domains, rather than assigning all prokaryotes to the same kingdom?
What important criterion was used in the late 1960s to distinguish
between the three
multicellular eukaryotic kingdoms of the five-kingdom classification system?
A) the number of cells present in individual organisms
B) the geological stratum in which fossils first appear
C) the nutritional modes they employ
D) the biogeographic province where each first appears
E) the features of their embryos
Which is an obsolete kingdom that includes prokaryotic
Members of which kingdom have cell walls and are all
) Which kingdom has been replaced with two domains?
Which eukaryotic kingdom is polyphyletic and therefore not
acceptable, based on
Which eukaryotic kingdom includes members that are the result of
included an ancient proteobacterium and an ancient cyanobacterium?
The human nuclear genome includes hundreds of genes that are
orthologs of bacterial
genes, and hundreds of other genes that are orthologs of archaean genes. This finding can
be explained by proposing that
A) neither archaea nor bacteria contain paralogous genes.
B) the eukaryotic lineage leading to humans involved at least one fusion of an ancient
bacterium with an ancient archaean.
C) the infection of humans by bacteriophage introduced prokaryotic genes into the
D) horizontal gene transfer did not occur to any significant extent among the prokaryotic
ancestors of humans.
) If the early history of life on Earth is accurately depicted by
this phylogenetic tree, then
which statement is least in agreement with the hypothesis proposed by this tree?
A) The last universal common ancestor of all extant species is better described as a
community of organisms, rather than an individual species.
B) The origin of the three domains appears as a polytomy.
C) Archaean genomes should contain genes that originated in bacteria, and vice versa.
D) Eukaryotes are more closely related to archaeans than to bacteria.
Which process is observed in prokaryotes and is responsible for the
vertical components of
the various bacterial and archaean lineages?
C) sexual reproduction
D) binary fission
Which of these processes can be included among those responsible for
components of this phylogeny?
C) binary fission
D) point mutations
E) S phase of the cell cycle
Which portion of this tree may ultimately be better depicted as a
A) the bacterial lineage
B) the archaean lineage
C) the eukaryotic lineage
D) the weblike part near the base of the tree
E) the part corresponding to the first living cell on Earth
A large proportion of archaeans are ʺextremophiles,ʺ so called
because they inhabit extreme
environments with high acidity and/or high temperature. Such environments are thought
to have been much more common on the primitive Earth. Thus, modern extremophiles
survive only in places that their ancestors became adapted to long ago. Which of these is,
consequently, a valid statement about modern extremophiles, assuming that their habitats
have remained relatively unchanged?
A) Among themselves, they should share relatively few ancestral traits, especially those
that enabled ancestral forms to adapt to extreme conditions.
B) On a phylogenetic tree whose branch lengths are proportional to amount of genetic
change, the branches of the extremophiles should be shorter, relative to branches of
the non-extremophilic archaeans.
C) They should contain genes that originated in eukaryotes that are the hosts for
numerous species of bacteria.
D) They should currently be undergoing a high level of horizontal gene transfer with
In Figure 26.4 from your textbook, which similarly inclusive taxon
descended from the
same common ancestor as Canidae?
Three living species X, Y, and Z share a common ancestor T, as do
extinct species U and V.
A grouping that includes species T, X, Y, and Z makes up
A) a valid taxon.
B) a monophyletic clade.
C) an ingroup, with species U as the outgroup.
D) a paraphyletic grouping.
E) a polyphyletic grouping.
In a comparison of birds with mammals, having four appendages
A) a shared ancestral character.
B) a shared derived character.
C) a character useful for distinguishing birds from mammals.
D) an example of analogy rather than homology.
E) a character useful for sorting bird species.
If you were using cladistics to build a phylogenetic tree of cats,
which of the following
would be the best outgroup?
B) domestic cat
The relative lengths of the amphibian and mouse branches in the
phylogeny in Figure 26.12
in your textbook indicate that
A) amphibians evolved before mice.
B) mice evolved before amphibians.
C) the genes of amphibians and mice have only coincidental homoplasies.
D) the homologous gene has evolved more slowly in mice.
E) the homologous gene has evolved more rapidly in mice.
To apply parsimony to constructing a phylogenetic tree,
A) choose the tree that assumes all evolutionary changes are equally probable.
B) choose the tree in which the branch points are based on as many shared derived
characters as possible.
C) base phylogenetic trees only on the fossil record, as this provides the simplest
explanation for evolution.
D) choose the tree that represents the fewest evolutionary changes, either in DNA
sequences or morphology.
E) choose the tree with the fewest branch points.