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Students simulate breeding bunnies to show the impact that genetics can have on the evolution of a population of organisms.
One class period.
A rich class discussion will assist students in a deeper understanding of the concepts.
- Evolution results from selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.
- Traits that confer an advantage may persist in the population and are called adaptations.
- Inherited characteristics affect the likelihood of an organism's survival and reproduction.
- 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.
- Populations, not individuals, evolve.
- Over time, the proportion of individuals with advantageous characteristics may increase (and the proportion with disadvantageous characteristics may decrease) due to their likelihood of surviving and reproducing.
- There is variation within a population.
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