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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.
Though developed for grades 9-12, this activity is quite appropriate for the undergraduate level and can be enhanced by connecting the activity to primary literature investigating a specific series of changes such as that found in the Grants' work on finches.
- There is a fit between organisms and their environments, though not always a perfect fit.
- Some traits of organisms are not adaptive.
- Evolution is often defined as a change in allele frequencies within a population.
- Inherited characteristics affect the likelihood of an organismís survival and reproduction.
- An individualís 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.