I am designing some cladograms and phylogenetic trees for my Grade 9 and 10 biology students. I’m teaching them about derived characteristics and such. I’ve already got the basic cladograms (animal phyla, chordata zoology, major plant categories, etc.) and am looking for more interesting cladograms with simple derived characteristics.
-The cladograms don’t have to look pretty-- I can redesign them
-I’m looking for derived characteristics that students could understand. E.g., “bird-shaped hips” could work, but not “promaxillary fenestra”
-Anything more niche (like, dinosaur cladograms! Or major bird family cladograms) would be great.
For instance: https://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/G104/figures/104Thyreophora.png looks cool, but would be hard to make understandable for Grade 10. I’m looking for slightly more basic ones.
Thanks in advance for posting any phylogenetic resources like this.