Darwin's Theory

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  1. living space

    space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding
    Members of a large population compete for
    living space, food and other resources.
  2. finch

    any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
    Galapagos
    finches lay several eggs every few months.
  3. Galapagos

    a group of islands in the Pacific off South America
    Galapagos finches lay several eggs every few months.
  4. theory of evolution

    (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals
    After many years, Darwin's ideas became known as the
    theory of evolution by natural selection.
  5. trait

    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
    Natural selection means that organisms with
    traits best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and reproduce.
  6. natural selection

    a process in which organisms evolve to adapt to environment
    After many years, Darwin's ideas became known as the theory of evolution by
    natural selection.
  7. Darwin

    English natural scientist who formulated a theory of evolution by natural selection (1809-1882)
    Darwin's Theory

    Darwin's observations led many other scientist to conduct experiments on inherited characteristics.
  8. reproduce

    make a copy or equivalent of
    Natural selection means that organisms with traits best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and
    reproduce.
  9. organism

    a living thing that can act or function independently
    Natural selection means that
    organisms with traits best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and reproduce.
  10. inherited

    occurring among members of a family usually by heredity
    Darwin's Theory

    Darwin's observations led many other scientist to conduct experiments on
    inherited characteristics.
  11. population

    the people who inhabit a territory or state
    Darwin realized that in just a few years, several pairs of finches lay several pairs of finches could produce a large
    population.
  12. evolution

    sequence of events involved in the development of a species
    After many years, Darwin's ideas became known as the theory of
    evolution by natural selection.
  13. theory

    a belief that can guide behavior
    Darwin's
    Theory

    Darwin's observations led many other scientist to conduct experiments on inherited characteristics.
  14. environment

    the totality of surrounding conditions
    Natural selection means that organisms with traits best suited to their
    environment are more likely to survive and reproduce.
  15. characteristic

    typical or distinctive
    Darwin's Theory

    Darwin's observations led many other scientist to conduct experiments on inherited
    characteristics.
  16. generation

    group of genetically related organisms in a line of descent
    Those that are best able to survive are more likely to reproduce and pass on their traits to the next
    generation.
  17. species

    taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
    A population is all of the individuals of a
    species living in the same area.
  18. hypothesis

    a tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested
  19. variation

    the process of being or becoming different
  20. adaptation

    the process of adjusting or conforming to new conditions
  21. acquired

    gotten through environmental forces
  22. selection

    the act of choosing
  23. inherit

    receive from a predecessor
  24. offspring

    the immediate descendants of a person or organism
  25. scientist

    a person with advanced knowledge of empirical fields
  26. developed

    being changed over time, as to be stronger or more complete
  27. evolve

    undergo development
  28. explain

    make plain and comprehensible
  29. 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
  30. generation

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

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

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