Speciation: Definition, Examples & Role in Evolution


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Which of the following is a correct definition of speciation?

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1. Which of the following is an example of speciation?

2. Which of the following is NOT true in the formation of a new species?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Speciation is an important concept in the field of evolutionary biology. This quiz and worksheet will check your understanding of important terms from the related lesson, including both species and speciation. You'll also need to know about how new species are formed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The definition of speciation
  • Examples of speciation
  • The requirements for a new species to form
  • The definition of a species

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on speciation and its role in evolution
  • Making connections - use understanding of the different ways that a new species can form
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to to identify an example of speciation
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the way that a new population relates to its ancestral population

Additional Learning

Learn more about speciation by exploring the examples covered in our lesson called Speciation: Definition, Examples & Role in Evolution. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define evolution and examine how species have diversified
  • Examine ancestral populations
  • Understand examples of speciation, such as finches on the Galapagos Islands and anole lizards on the Caribbean Islands
  • Know how environmental conditions affect evolution