Project #22048 - Principles of Taxonomy

Module 3 - SLP
Principles of Taxonomy

For each of the SLP assignments, you will be provided with a hypothetical experimental scenario or data. These assignments are more opened-ended than the case assignments. You will speculate about possible explanations and the ways they might be tested, but be sure to that your hypotheses are grounded in accepted biological science. In doing this, you will mimic the action of scientists who are continuously collecting new data, formulating hypotheses, and testing their ideas.

A new species has been discovered.  The animal is a vertebrate, approximately 18-24 inches in length. Members of this species are covered in scales and are known to lay shelled eggs. Dissection has also shown that this animal possesses a four-chambered heart. Its skeleton is shown below, but the skull has been omitted. An image of the skeleton is shown below. A sample of the skull could not be obtained, but some characteristics of the skeletal structure of the head were observed: the skull lacks a sclerotic ring (bony ring which supports the eyeball), but possesses a secondary bony palate.

 

Identify this species’ proper kingdom, phylum, etc and give this species a full classification. This may require a bit of extra research beyond the background materials. Justify your choice and also explain how you could use genetic evidence to verify your conclusion. (Note: The discoverer/ classifier of a new life form typically assigns a species name of their own choosing. Be creative!)

Assignment Expectations:

For this SLP, use your understanding of the currently employed taxonomic system and the provided information. This assignment provides you the opportunity to apply the methods for classifying organisms that you’ve learned in this module.

Write a short paper approximately 1-2 pages in length.

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/08/2014 12:00 am
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