How the Environment Affects Natural Selection & Mutation


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What are random genetic changes called?

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1. What are environmental agents that cause genetic changes called?

2. What evolutionary method determines what characteristics are inherited in a population based on the benefit of the change to the population?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you know about the environmental effects on natural selection and mutation. Topics on the quiz/worksheet include the terms for genetic changes that are random and environmental factors that impact genetics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be assessed on the following:

  • The name for the method of determining whether characteristics are passed on through a population based on their benefits
  • Attribute(s) of random genetic changes
  • The kinds of genetic changes an evolutionary method impacts

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - use what you've learned to differentiate between types of genetic changes
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding environmental agents and their impact on genetics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a certain evolutionary method

Additional Learning

For more on the evolution and the environment, you can review the lesson titled How the Environment Affects Natural Selection & Mutation. These topics will be explored:

  • Examples of changes to genetics through chemicals or radiation
  • The spreading of traits by environmental factors
  • Environmental adaptations