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What is a Quagga?
Constructing Phylogenetic Trees of the Quagga
Allan Wilson and his colleagues used the sequences which they had derived to construct phylogenetic trees. The placement of the quagga on these trees was evidence of the quagga's relationship with other animals.
Build the tree
Now, you'll build the phylogenetic tree to reveal the quagga's relatives.
View the Tree
Now let's look at the results. Click on one of the trees to view it. Make sure the view is in the rectangular format by opening the General display options.
First you should look at the general shape of the tree. To see the shape, or topology, of the tree, open the Formatting display options and select the options shown below.
The topology shows the relationship between one organism and another. A different view is needed (below) to see how much change or difference has developed since the two organisms had a common ancestor. To see this aspect, the branches need to have lengths proportional to the amount of change. Untick the Transform branches option in the Formatting window. Now the horizontal branch lengths indicate how much evolution has occurred.
Return to the Research Plan for the next step.