Punctuated Equilibrium: Definition, Theory & Examples


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The evolutionary process by which new species arise is known as:

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1. A species that is not experiencing evolutionary pressures causing rapid change is said to be:

2. A proposed scientific explanation for a phenomenon is known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and attached worksheet will help gauge your understanding of the punctuated equilibrium theory. You must be familiar with the evolutionary process and pressures to successfully complete the quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to determine your knowledge of:

  • Evolutionary process by which species arise
  • Organism that is not experiencing growth
  • Proposed explanation for a phenomenon
  • What does punctuated equilibrium attempt to explain
  • Identify evolutionary pressures

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related punctuated equilibrium theory lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a scientific explanation for a phenomenon and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term for a species that doesn't experience evolutionary pressures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about evolutionary pressures

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Punctuated Equilibrium: Definition, Theory & Examples contains additional facts. Review the lesson in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • Discuss speciation
  • Understand punctuated equilibrium
  • Define stasis and evolutionary pressures