Most archaeans don’t look that different from bacteria under the microscope. The extreme conditions under which most species of archaea live has made them difficult to culture, so their unique place among living organisms long went unrecognized. However, biochemically and genetically, they are as different from bacteria as you are. They are not Bacteria, they […]

The Tree of Life: Part 3

The tree of life, as scientists understand it, is not static – it changes. Classification systems have changed with science’s understandings of the diversity and organization of the living world, so don’t think that we know it all! Prior to the 1970s, scientists generally classified living things as Bacteria or Eucarya. The scientific community was […]

The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.