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Hypothesis A hypothesis is a possible or even probable explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
Inbreeding The mating of two closely related dogs of the same breed.
Interbreeding The breeding together of dogs of different breeds.
Lemming A small rodent, preyed upon by wolves and other predators.
Misconception Mistaken thought, idea or notion; a misunderstanding.
Mutations mutations can occur at any time and are a variation from the norm; a mutant trait can either be one that is more suited to survival or one that will hinder survival; an actual alteration in a species' DNA.
Natural Selection according to Darwin's theory of evolution, only the organisms best adapted to their environment tend to survive and transmit their genetic characteristics in increasing numbers to succeeding generations, while those less adapted tend to be eliminated.
Offspring The newborn, a puppy.
Pack A group of dogs, connected by their need for social interaction to survive.
Phenomenon An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.
Predator Any animal that lives by preying upon, that is, by hunting, killing and eating, other animals.
Prehistoric Term used to reference the time before written or recorded history.
Pup A young dog, a puppy.
Reproduce To generate offspring.
Selective Breeding Early man unknowingly began following a process called selective breeding by choosing animals with certain characteristics and breeding them to ensure those characteristics in the offspring, thereby bringing about variations through his own selection.
Species A closely related group of animals which has naturally evolved over time.
Survival of the Fittest The concept that "the ones that will survive are the ones that are more able to cope with the environment" is commonly referred to as " survival of the fittest."
Susceptible Very sensitive.
Telegony A misconception that a previous pregnancy will have an effect on another, subsequent pregnancy or the supposed carrying over of the influence of a sire to the offspring of subsequent matings of the dam with other males.
Trait A distinguishing feature, characteristic or condition, as of a person's or dog's character; a genetically determined characteristic or condition, such as a recessive trait.
Wolflike Resembling or characteristic of a wolf; wolflike expression; wolflike packs.
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