Unit 8: Vocabulary - Evolution
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Is a group of similar organisms that can mate with each other and produce offspring that can also mate and produce.
It's a preserved that remains or traces of an organism that lived in the past.
Is an inherited behavior or physical characteristic that helps an organism survive and reproduce in its environment.
It change over time; the process by which modern organisms have descended from ancient organisms.
It is a well tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results.
Is the process by which organisms that are best adapted to their environment are most likely to survive and reproduce.
Is any difference between individuals of the same species.
Is a pattern of evolution characterized by the slow and steady accumulation of small genetic changes over long periods of time.
It's a pattern of evolution in which long stable periods are interrupted by brief periods of more rapid change.
Is the process by which unrelated organisms evolve similar characteristics.
Is a development of new species from a common ancestor due to change in ecosystems which results in homologous structures
Shared Derived Characteristic (aka: homologous structure)
It is a characteristic or trait, such as fur, that the common ancestor of a group had and passed on to its descendants.