Evolutionary Biology - Introductory

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  1. acquired
    gotten through environmental forces
  2. adaptation
    the process of adjusting or conforming to new conditions
  3. analogous
    corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin
  4. anatomy
    the study of the structure of animals
  5. biodiversity
    the variety of plant and animal life in a habitat
  6. camouflage
    exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something
  7. competition
    the act of contending with others for rewards or resources
  8. diversity
    noticeable variety
  9. DNA
    a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell
  10. evolution
    sequence of events involved in the development of a species
  11. extinction
    the state of being no longer in existence
  12. fossil
    the remains of a plant or animal from a past geological age
  13. generation
    group of genetically related organisms in a line of descent
  14. habitat
    the type of environment in which an organism normally lives
  15. heredity
    the transmission of genetic factors to the next generation
  16. homologous
    having the same evolutionary origin
  17. inherit
    receive by genetic transmission
  18. inherited
    occurring among members of a family usually by heredity
  19. isolation
    the act of setting something apart from others
  20. mimicry
    the resemblance of an animal species to another species
  21. natural selection
    a process in which organisms evolve to adapt to environment
  22. niche
    status of an organism within its environment and community
  23. population
    a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting an area
  24. species
    taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
  25. stratum
    one of several parallel layers of material
  26. survival of the fittest
    a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
  27. theory
    a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the world
  28. variation
    the process of being or becoming different
Created on February 5, 2017 (updated April 4, 2017)

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