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History & Theory of Evolution Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which does NOT provide evidence for evolution?

Question 2 2. Genetic variability describes which of the following?

Question 3 3. What are homologous genes?

Question 4 4. What type of event separates the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras from one another in the Phanerozoic eon?

Question 5 5. Which best describes the general rate of evolution?

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Question 6 6. Small, non-living droplets that can regulate their internal environments are best known as _____

Question 7 7. Which answer choice correctly orders the three major eons of Earth's history, from the oldest to the most recent?

Question 8 8.

Which of the following statements does NOT represent the idea of heritability by acquired characteristics?

I. A body builder develops stronger muscles during the course of his life, so his son will be strong as well.

II. A cat that lost its tail will produce offspring with shorter tails.

III. Over time, a population of heavily striped zebras increased over those without as much striping, as the heavily striped ones had a competitive advantage over the zebras with fewer stripes, and were, therefore, better able to reproduce.

Question 9 9. How does the fossil record support evolution?

Question 10 10. What method is used to determine the specific age of a rock or fossil?

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Question 11 11. Why is evolution best described as an editing process?

Question 12 12. Which best describes genetic variation?

Question 13 13. Which is NOT true about the fossil record?

Question 14 14. Which of the following theories best explains the mass extinction of the dinosaurs?

Question 15 15. Which field would best describe why penguins and polar bears are not found in the same regions of Earth?

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Question 16 16. What scientist is credited with the idea that early life on Earth formed through a series of reactions that made simple compounds gradually more complex?

Question 17 17. What is a genome?

Question 18 18. The time period in Earth's history that saw the greatest increase in both the number and diversity of species is the:

Question 19 19. Which of the following is NOT a principle of Darwin's theory of evolution?

Question 20 20.

Which of the following is an example of natural selection?

I. Albino animals are rare in nature because they are easy for predators to find.

II. The fastest gazelle is least likely to be eaten by a lion.

III. The gorilla that is strong enough to become alpha male is the most likely to pass on his genes.

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Question 21 21. The idea that the earth is constantly changing and, therefore, life on earth is continually evolving is:

Question 22 22. Punctuated equilibria describes which phenomenon?

Question 23 23. Scientists have found fossils that show a sudden appearance of a new organism after a period of no change. Which form of evolutionary change best explains this?

Question 24 24. Paleontology is the study of

Question 25 25. Miller and Urey used all of the following substances to simulate Earth's early atmosphere EXCEPT _____.

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Question 26 26. Which is true about evolution?

Question 27 27. What is the purpose of the device shown?

Question 28 28. The Archean and Proterozoic eons are grouped together as the:

Question 29 29. Which is true about random mutations?

Question 30 30. On the Galapagos Islands, there are several species that are similar and resemble a common ancestor. Each island has a slightly different ecosystem. Which of the following best explains how these different species came to be?

History & Theory of Evolution Chapter Exam Instructions

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