One of the largest museums in the world, the American Museum of Natural History is also a scientific research and education institution, with collections of more than 32 million artifacts and specimens. This bastion of knowledge is a favorite among educators when it comes to field trip destinations and York Prep is lucky to be within walking distance of its many labs and exhibition halls. On January 31, eight Juniors studying AP Biology under Dr. Viscusi took advantage of this close proximity to visit the Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins.
The group spent the afternoon comparing morphological traits and DNA sequencing to determine evolutionary relationships among various organisms in the Primate Evolution and Locomotion lab. The young scientists collected evidence from human and primate skeletal specimens to determine how skeletal form relates to specific functions, like walking, climbing, swinging and leaping. Students also compared actual DNA sequences to determine the evolutionary relationships between humans and other living primates.