Rates of Evolution: Punctuated Equilibrium & Molecular Clock Hypothesis


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Which best describes the general rate of evolution?

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1. Punctuated equilibria describes which phenomenon?

2. What is a genome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the rates of evolution. Topics on the quiz include the best description of the general rate of evolution as well as the characteristics of punctuated equilibria.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review these topics:

  • Description of the general rate of evolution
  • Definition of a genome
  • What homologous genes are
  • Features of the fossil record

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what homologous genes are and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related biology lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of punctuated equilibria

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Rates of Evolution: Punctuated Equilibrium & Molecular Clock Hypothesis. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand how long it takes for a new species to develop
  • Explain what the fossil record can show us about evolution
  • Identify how evolutionary theory explains the sudden appearance of life
  • Describe how to create a molecular clock for an organism
  • Appreciate how events missing from the fossil record are dealt with