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OW Evolution

8th grade Science Vocab

TermDefinition
evolution the theory that states that organisms slowly change over time to fit the environment
variations differences within a trait
adaptations when a variation helps an organism survive and/or reproduce
natural selection nature selects who will be more successful in an environment based upon its adaptaitons
Charles Darwin the father of evolution
mutations process where spontaneous changes occur in DNA; can be positive, negative, or neutral to survival.
Fossils remains or impression from organisms from the past
extinction when an organism no longer is on the face of the Earth
overproduction as part of natural selection, organisms produce more offspring than are needed for survival
Galapagos Islands the place where Darwin traveled to when studying finches bird beaks
habitat a place where organisms live
Law of Superposition states that the oldest rock layers/fossils are on the bottom and the youngest are on the top
Created by: burkinss