Study Guide: Introduction to Evolution

Study Questions

Objective: Define evolution.

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  1. Evolution
  2. Population
  3. Allele frequency
  4. Evolutionary tree (aka cladogram)
  5. Extant
  6. Extinct
  7. Common ancestor
  8. Gene pool

Study Guide Questions

  1. Compare and contrast “species” and “populations”.
  2. Compare and contrast microevolution and macroevolution.
  3. What is the difference between microevolution and macroevolution?  Please don’t just memorize the definitions…be able to APPLY your definitions to different scenarios!  For good practice, think of examples of each!
  4. Relate the concept of a gene pool to evolution.
  5. Define speciation.
  6. Be able to calculate the allele frequency of a population given the following information:

25% of the population had the bb genotype

25% had the Bb genotype

50% had the BB genotype,

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