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Students learn about variation, reproductive isolation, natural selection, and adaptation through this version of the bird beak activity.
UC Museum of Paleontology
One class period
- Evolution results from natural selection acting upon variation within a population
- Traits that are advantageous often persist in a population.
- Organisms with similar requirements may compete with one another for limited resources.
- Individual organisms with advantageous traits are more likely to survive and have offspring.
- The number of offspring that survive to reproduce successfully is limited by environmental factors.
- Natural selection is dependent on environmental conditions.
- Environmental changes affect opportunities and can influence natural selection.
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- There is variation within a population.
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