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Super Quiz definitions a-d
from the USAD glossary 2008-2009
life from nonliving material
characteristic that affords an organism greater fitness
evolutionary diversificiation into several different populations
different versions of the same gene
occuring in distinctly seperate locations
geographically mediated species formation
egg w/ compartmentalized sacs that allowed vertebrates to reproduce on land
similar features from common environments
developed by Linnaeus; first term genus, second term species
explaining the ecological and historical reasons for the observed geographic distributions of organisms
double-stranded DNA molecule, contains a series of genes
group of organisms that share a most recent common ancestor; "monophyletic group"
method of phylogeny reconstruction and system of classification that groups organisms according to the explicit definition of uniquely shared and derived characteristics
branching/bifurcating diagram; shows evolutionary relationships; depicts points where species diverged
real or hypothetical taxon from which two evolutionary lineages are directly descended
two matched sets of chromosomes, therefore, two sets of geenes in nucleus
how many alleles a genotype contributes to next generation's gene pool
deoxyribonucleic acid; nucleotides in a double helix; controls inheritance