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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
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
Why do whales have leg bones?
  1. Whales use to live on land.
  2. It was an accidental growth and is not a leg bone.
  3. It is uncommon for whales to have this type of bone.
  4. It is a part of their tail.
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.
Grade 9 Evolution
New species can form in what type of evolution?
  1. Speciation
  2. divergent evolution
  3. convergent evolution
  4. None of the above.
Grade 9 Evolution
Many ancestral species have all evolved into similar looking species. How is this achieved?
  1. divergent evolution
  2. selective breeding
  3. convergent evolution
  4. Theory of Transmutation of Species
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