Theories of Evolution: Lamarck vs. Darwin


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Which of the following statements does NOT represent the idea of heritability by acquired characteristics?

I. A body builder develops stronger muscles during the course of his life, so his son will be strong as well.

II. A cat that lost its tail will produce offspring with shorter tails.

III. Over time, a population of heavily striped zebras increased over those without as much striping, as the heavily striped ones had a competitive advantage over the zebras with fewer stripes, and were, therefore, better able to reproduce.

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1. Which of the following is NOT a principle of Darwin's theory of evolution?


Which of the following is an example of natural selection?

I. Albino animals are rare in nature because they are easy for predators to find.

II. The fastest gazelle is least likely to be eaten by a lion.

III. The gorilla that is strong enough to become alpha male is the most likely to pass on his genes.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will show your knowledge of evolution. You will be tested on topics such as acquired characteristics and Darwin's theory of evolution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Natural selection
  • Darwin's theory of evolution
  • Study of the genetic variation

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding acquired characteristics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about natural selection
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding evolution and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about evolution, study the following lesson titled Theory of Evolution. The lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Details the heritability of acquired characteristics
  • Defines natural selection
  • Explains genetic variation
  • Covers the Principles of Darwinian Evolution