This news brief from May 2009 explores the difference between phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary change in relation to the media's coverage of climate change.
UC Museum of Paleontology
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Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- Evolution results from selection acting upon genetic variation within a population. (LS4.B)
- Traits that confer an advantage may persist in the population and are called adaptations. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- Natural selection acts on the variation that exists in a population. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- Organisms cannot intentionally produce adaptive mutations in response to environmental influences.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)
- As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life.
- Natural selection is dependent on environmental conditions.