Natural Selection & Adaptation Processes


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Which type of natural selection pushes traits toward the average?

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1. What type of natural selection favors traits at both ends of the normal range of variation?

2. Which type of natural selection pushes traits away from the average in one direction?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The process of natural selection is an essential aspect of the theory of evolution. This quiz and worksheet combination will quiz you on related terminology and your ability to properly identify different types of natural selection.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on your comprehension of the following terminology:

  • Disruptive selection
  • Variation
  • Natural selection
  • Adaption
  • Stabilizing selection
  • Directional selection

Skills Practiced

You will have opportunities to practice these learning skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on forms of natural selection
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of natural selection that favors both ends of the normal range in variation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about what type of natural selection encourages traits to the average

Additional Learning

Add to your knowledge of this topic by reviewing the accompanying lesson, Natural Selection & Adaptation Processes. This lesson will focus on these objectives:

  • Relate natural selection to the evolutionary theory
  • Identify the type of selection that favors traits on one end of a spectrum
  • Learn about selection that encourages both ends of a range
  • Review the type of selection that favors the middle of a range of variation
  • Analyze examples of each form of selection