Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-25918-813-8

Chapter 55 - Ecology of Individuals and Populations - Figure 55.14 - Inquiry Question: 1

Answer

It would depend on other factors. If many predators were around, large clutch size/small individual size might be selected to ensure at least some offspring survive. If survival were very high, then fewer per clutch might allow more parental investment per nestling, leading to greater success with fewer, larger hatchlings.

Work Step by Step

Natural selection varies with local conditions--review the earlier chapter which described natural selection in detail.
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