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Explore just a few of the many cases in which evolutionary theory helps us form conservation strategies.
UC Museum of Paleontology
This article is one of a set of three (agriculture, conservation, and medicine) that can be used to teach about the relevance of evolution. This article exemplifies many different evolutionary concepts and would be well-supported by materials focusing on each of these concepts in particular. It touches on some fairly advanced topics towards the end.
- People selectively breed domesticated plants and animals to produce offspring with preferred characteristics.
- Evolution results from selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.
- Inherited characteristics affect the likelihood of an organism's survival and reproduction.
- Depending on environmental conditions, inherited characteristics may be advantageous, neutral, or detrimental.
- The amount of genetic variation within a population may affect the likelihood of survival of the population; the less the available diversity, the less likely the population will be able to survive environmental change.
- Natural selection acts on phenotype as an expression of genotype.
- Classification is based on evolutionary relationships.
- As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life.
- There is variation within a population.