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What is a characteristic that improves an individual's ability to survive and reproduce in a particular environment?
a) adaptation
b) speciation
c) natural selection
d) trait

What is a group of organisms that are closely related and can mate to produce fertile offspring?
a) species
b) family
c) genus
d) colony

What is the process in which inherited characteristics within a population change over new generations such that new species sometimes arise?
a) evolution
b) selective breeding
c) inheretence
d) genetic engineering

What are trace remains of an organism that lived long ago, most commonly preserved in sedimentary rock?
a) fossils
b) fossil record
c) organic impressions
d) bones

What is the historical sequence of life indicated by fossils found in layers of the Earth's crust?
a) fossil record
b) evolution tracing
c) generation time
d) fossil selection

What is a genetically determined characteristic?
a) trait
b) gene
c) DNA
d) learned behavior

What is the process by which individuals that are better adapted to their environment survive and reproduce more successfully than less well adapted individuals do?
a) natural selection
b) artificial selection
c) selective breeding
d) learned behavior

What is the period between the birth of one generation and the birth of the next generation?
a) generation time
b) generation gaps
c) lifespan
d) evolution

What is the formation of a new species as a result of evolution?
a) speciation
b) artificial selection
c) species formation
d) adaptation

What is the process by which humans breed other animals and plants for particular traits?
a) selective breeding
b) natural selection
c) genetic engineering
d) evolution

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