- UC Museum of Paleontology
- Evo in the News article
Time: 20 minutes
This news brief, from February 2012, describes the discovery of hybrid sharks in Australian waters, debunks some common misconceptions regarding the discovery, and examines the possible evolutionary trajectories of these animals.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 9-12] Fitness is reproductive success — the number of viable offspring produced by an individual in comparison to other individuals in a population/species.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] An individual's fitness (or relative fitness) is the contribution that individual makes to the gene pool of the next generation relative to other individuals in the population.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Occasionally offspring, known as hybrids, result from matings between distinct species or between distinct parental forms.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Some hybrids have increased fitness relative to their parents.
- [Mechanisms of evolution: Grades 13-16] Some hybrids have decreased fitness relative to their parents.
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