Biology Terms - Biology Terms Midterm 1 1) Zoology a) The...

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Biology Terms Midterm 1 1) Zoology a) The scientific study of animals, which is a part of biology; the study of all life. 2) Life is Hierarchical a) A 3) Scientific Theory a) A hypothesis that is very powerful in explaining a large variety of related phenomena. 4) Hypothesis a) Potential explanation of a phenomenon of nature b) Usually based on prior observations of nature 5) Scientific Method a) Observation b) Question c) Hypothesis d) Empirical Test e) Conclusions f) Publication 6) Comparative Morphology a) Examines the varying shapes and sizes of organismal structures, including their developmental origins. 7) Evolution a) Extensive and ongoing change 8) Descent a) States that all forms of life propagated from a common ancestor through a branching of lineages. 9) Natural Selection a) Explains why organisms are constructed to meet the demands of their environments. 10) Adaptation a) Describes a natural process by which populations accumulate favorable characteristics throughout long periods of evolutionary time. 11) Mutation a) A 12) Speciation a) Studies of species formation 13) Gradualism a) Small differences, resembling those we observe among organisms within populations today, are the raw material from which different major forms of life evolved. We must not explain past changes by invoking unusual catastrophic
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