Flashcards in Topic 4 - natural Selection & Genetic Modification Deck (50)
What is this a definition of: ‘A group of organisms that can reproduce with one another, producing offspring that can also reproduce’?
What is the scientific name for the modern human species?
From what type of creatures are modern humans thought to have evolved?
What are the remains of organisms that have been turned into rock called?
Sedimentary rock exists in layers, one on top of another. Which layers are the youngest?
Which substances did early human-like animals make tools out of?
Why do we only find the stone tools now?
The wooden ones have rotted.
Which of these three species is most closely related to modern humans, and how can you tell: habilis, Australopithecus afarensis, Ardipithecus ramidus?
Homo habilis, because the first word of its scientific name is the same as that of modern humans.
On which continent are the oldest human-like fossils found?
What is this a definition of: ‘A gradual change in the characteristics of a species over time’?
Where does the evidence come from that humans evolved?
fossils, stone tools
Over how many years can scientists trace human evolution?
millions, 4–5 million years
Name one trend that has occurred in the bodies of human-like species as they have evolved over millions of years.
walking upright, feet with short toes, larger brains, flatter faces, taller skulls etc.
What are the differences in characteristics between two organisms called?
One type of variation is ‘environmental variation’, in which the environment causes variation in characteristics. What is the other form of variation called?
Suggest one reason why polar bears are better adapted than black bears to living in the Arctic.
sensible suggestion, such as they are white and so can avoid being seen against the snow by their prey
What is the name of the scientist who is most well known for developing a theory about evolution?
Some scientists think that a species called Homo heidelbergensis evolved into both Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens. What is a species that evolves into two species like this called?
What is the scientific name for modern humans?
What do we call the system of scientific naming for organisms?
Suggest the environmental change that resulted in the evolution of African elephants’ large ears.
increase in temperature – ensure that students realise that the change did not cause the elephants to want to evolve
Suggest the environmental change that resulted in the evolution of woolly mammoths’ hairiness.
decrease in temperature
A certain population of animals evolved long legs over a long period of time. Is this more likely to be due to an increase or decrease in the number of predators?
What process does Darwin’s theory use to explain how evolution occurs?
The binomial name for the African bush elephant is Loxodonta africana. What genus does it belong to?
Humpback whales and dolphins are thought to have evolved from an animal that lived about 40 million years ago. What is an animal that evolves into different species like this called?
What is the name of the other person who came up with the idea of evolution by natural selection at the same time as Darwin?
Alfred Russel Wallace
Suggest one way in which the limbs of gorillas, whales and bats are similar.
They all have five fingers; they all have a pentadactyl structure.
One branch of biology that has developed thanks to Darwin and Wallace’s theory is the study of genes. What is this branch of biology called?