model describing evolution as a slow process by which one species changes into a new species through a continuing series of mutations and variations over time.
humanlike primate that appeared about 4 million to 6 million years ago, ate both plants and meat, and walked upright on two legs.
a process by which organisms with traits best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and reproduce; includes concepts of variation, overproduction, and competition.
group of mammals including humans, monkeys, and apes that share characteristics such as opposable thumbs, binocular vision, and flexible shoulders.
model describing the rapid evolution that occurs when mutation of a few genes results in a species suddenly changing into a new species.
element that gives off a steady amount of radiation as it slowly changes to a nonradioactive element.
a type of rock, such as limestone, that is most likely to contain fossils and is formed when layers of sand, silt, clay, or mud are cemented and compacted together or when minerals are deposited from a solution.
a group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can reproduce among themselves producing fertile offspring.
inherited trait that makes an individual different from other members of the same species and results form a mutation in the organism's genes.