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Grade 9 Evolution
According to Darwin, evolution occurs                                 .
  1. quickly
  2. because of natural selection
  3. regularly at every 5,000 years
  4. when the organism desires change
Grade 9 Evolution
Who founded the theory of evolution that involves natural selection?
  1. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
  2. Ernst Haeckel
  3. Charles Darwin
  4. Aristotle
Grade 9 Evolution
A change in the sequence of DNA during replication can result in                               .
  1. rapid evolution in an organism
  2. synthesis of antigens
  3. variations
  4. none of the above
Grade 9 Evolution
What scientific theory did Charles Darwin have a key role in shaping?
  1. theory of circumnavigation
  2. cell theory
  3. theory of evolution
  4. climate change theory
Grade 9 Evolution
Evolution is the change in                                   .
  1. Gene pool over time
  2. Gene pool that is seen immediately
  3. Speciation
  4. Adaptive radiation
Grade 9 Evolution
After many generations, an insect species evolved resistance to a particular pesticide. This occurred because spraying the pesticide                                                              .
  1. killed most of the insects in the population.
  2. caused another inspect species to go extinct.
  3. caused mutations in the insect species’ gene pool.
  4. selected for insects that were able to survive and reproduce.
Grade 9 Evolution
Evolution is best described as being a
  1. fact.
  2. theory.
  3. principle.
Grade 9 Evolution
When does natural selection occur?
  1. when more individuals are born than can survive
  2. when there is heritable variation
  3. when there is variable fitness among individuals
  4. all of the above
Grade 9 Evolution
The wind bones of a bat and the flipper bones of a whale have a similar structure. What are structures like this called?
  1. Convergent Structures
  2. Analogous Structures
  3. Vestigial Structures
  4. Homologous Structures
Grade 9 Evolution
Sperm whales have vestigial hip bones, and a small percentage of sperm whales also have vestigial hind limbs. Which statement best explains the presence of these vestigial structures?
  1. Sperm whales evolved from ancestors that walked on land.
  2. Sperm whales are in the process of evolving into land mammals.
  3. These structures are acquired by each individual sperm whale during its lifetime.
  4. These structures resulted from sperm whales having a long period of embryonic development.
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