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Unformatted text preview: natural selection as a mechanism for evolutionary change. 10. Explain how an essay by the Rev. Thomas Malthus influenced Charles Darwin. 11. Distinguish between artificial selection and natural selection. 12. Explain why an individual organism cannot evolve. 13. Explain why natural selection can act only on heritable traits. 14. Explain how the fossil record may be used to test our current understanding of evolutionary patterns. 15. Explain how the existence of homologous and vestigial structures can be explained by Darwins theory of natural selection. 16. Explain how evidence from biogeography supports the theory of evolution by natural selection. 1. Explain the problem with the statement that Darwinism is just a theory. Distinguish between the scientific and colloquial use of the word theory....
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