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A group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can reproduce among themselves to produce fertile offspring.
A concept that has been tested and confirmed in many different ways and can be used by scientists to make predictions about the natural world.
Change in inherited characteristics over time.
A collection of fossils that provides clues to the history of Earth's organisms.
Organisms with traits best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and reproduce.
In each generation, a species has the potential to produce more offspring than can possibly survive.
More than one organism striving for the same resource.
An inherited trait that makes the individual different from the other members of their species.
The unique combination of traits each organism inherits from its parents.
Any trait that helps the organism survive under a given set of environmental conditions.
A change in the base sequence of a DNA molecule.
The sorting and random recombining of genes during meiosis and fertilization results in new and different combinations of genes.
The model that describes evolution as a slow ongoing process by which one species changes into a new species.
Rapid evolution that comes about when the mutation of a few genes results in the appearance of a new species over a relatively short period of time.
The disappearance of an entire species.
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