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  1. inherit

    receive from a predecessor
    Many characteristics of a species are
    inherited when they pass from parent to offspring.
  2. characteristic

    typical or distinctive
    A species is a group of organisms that share similar
    characteristics and can reproduce among themselves to produce fertile offspring.
  3. offspring

    the immediate descendants of a person or organism
    A species is a group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can reproduce among themselves to produce fertile
    offspring.
  4. reproduce

    make a copy or equivalent of
    A species is a group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can
    reproduce among themselves to produce fertile offspring.
  5. inherited

    occurring among members of a family usually by heredity
    Many characteristics of a species are
    inherited when they pass from parent to offspring.
  6. evolution

    sequence of events involved in the development of a species
    Early Models of
    Evolution

    Millions of species of plants, animals, and other organisms live on Earth today.
  7. fertile

    capable of reproducing
    A species is a group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can reproduce among themselves to produce
    fertile offspring.
  8. species

    taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
    Early Models of Evolution

    Millions of
    species of plants, animals, and other organisms live on Earth today.
  9. produce

    bring forth or yield
    A species is a group of organisms that share similar characteristics and can reproduce among themselves to
    produce fertile offspring.
  10. hypothesis

    a tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested
  11. Darwin

    English natural scientist who formulated a theory of evolution by natural selection (1809-1882)
  12. natural selection

    a process in which organisms evolve to adapt to environment
  13. variation

    the process of being or becoming different
  14. adaptation

    the process of adjusting or conforming to new conditions
  15. population

    the people who inhabit a territory or state
  16. acquired

    gotten through environmental forces
  17. environment

    the totality of surrounding conditions
  18. trait

    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  19. Galapagos Islands

    a group of islands in the Pacific off South America
  20. scientist

    a person with advanced knowledge of empirical fields
  21. evidence

    knowledge on which to base belief
  22. explain

    make plain and comprehensible
  23. evolve

    undergo development
  24. develop

    progress or evolve through a process of natural growth
  25. survive

    continue in existence after
  26. punctuated equilibrium

    a theory of evolution holding that evolutionary change in the fossil record came in fits and starts rather than in a steady process of slow change
  27. generation

    group of genetically related organisms in a line of descent
  28. Lamarck

    French naturalist who proposed that evolution resulted from the inheritance of acquired characteristics (1744-1829)
  29. observation

    the act of taking a patient look
Created on January 13, 2012
(updated January 13, 2012)

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