Item EN047003: A species living today and an extinct species could share a common ancestor that lived a very long time ago, even if the two species have few similarities.

Which of the following is TRUE about living species and extinct species?

  1. If a species living today and an extinct species have many similarities, they could share a common ancestor, but if they have few similarities they could not share a common ancestor.
  2. A species living today and an extinct species could share a common ancestor that lived a very long time ago, even if the two species have few similarities.
  3. No species living today could share a common ancestor with an extinct species.
  4. Species living today could share a common ancestor with each other, but extinct species could not share a common ancestor with each other because extinct species are the ancestors of species living today, never of each other.

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Percent of students responding correctly

Overall55%
Grades 6–850%
Grades 9–1263%
Male52%
Female57%
Primary Language is English55%
Primary Language is not English53%

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