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Evolution Unit Plan
BIO.7 The student will investigate and understand that populations change through time. Key ideas include
a) evidence is found in fossil records and through DNA analysis;
b) genetic variation, reproductive strategies, and environmental pressures affect the survival of populations;
c) natural selection is a mechanism that leads to adaptations and may lead to the emergence of new species; and
d) biological evolution has scientific evidence and explanations.
Central Idea: Similarities and differences in inherited characteristics of organisms alive today or in the past can be used to infer the relatedness of any two species, changes in species over time, and lines of evolutionary descent. Speciation, extinction, and changes in population genetics result from evolution.
Vertical Alignment: Students learn about change over time as it relates to mutations that may lead to adaptations within a population in Life Science. Natural selection, leading to the evolution of a p
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