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Natural Selection and Evolution
Terms in this set (16)
A characteristic that an organism can pass on to its offspring through its genes.
A random change in the DNA sequence, can be positive, negative, or neutral.
A trait that helps an organism survive and reproduce
Survival of the Fittest
Process by which individuals that are better suited to their environment survive and pass on traits to their offspring
A process in which individuals that have certain inherited traits tend to survive and reproduce at higher rates than other individuals because of those traits.
differences in physical traits of an individual from the group to which it belongs
Change over time
Overproduction of offspring
Organisms produce more offspring than needed to sustain the population.
interaction between organisms to survive in a habitat with limited resources
Chronological collection of life's remains in sedimentary rock layers
A structure that is present in an organism but no longer serves its original purpose
Structures in different species that are similar because of common ancestry.
Body parts that share a common function, but not structure
study of embryos and their development
building blocks of proteins
shows relationship between organisms, the more amino acids that match in Cytochrome C protein, the more related 2 organisms are to each other
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