Environmental Science for AP* (2nd Edition)

Published by W. H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1464108684
ISBN 13: 978-1-46410-868-6

Chapter 5 - AP Environmental Science Practice Exam - Section 1: Multiple-Choice Questions - Page 178: 5


C - Microevolution

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The finches population's genetic composition changed due to the environmental change of seed size availability. The larger seeds were more prevalent at first, which allowed the bigger-beaked birds to have a higher fitness, but later, smaller seeds became more common and thus, the smaller-beaked birds had a higher fitness. This change in genetic material, however, did not ultimately lead to speciation, which means that this is microevolution (a change in genetic composition within a species).
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