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What is natural selection?
Natural selection is the idea that population can change over generations if individuals that possess certain heritable traits leave more offspring than other individuals.
What is evolutionary adaptation?
Evolutionary adaptation is an accumulation of inherited characteristics that enhance organisms' ability to survive and reproduce in specific environments.
How can evolution be defined?
A change over time in the genetic composition of a population.
What were Darwin's two major points in his 1859 book, On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection?
1. Evidence that many species are descendent of ancestral species which were quite different.
2. Natural Slection
Did Linnaeus' observations support evolutionary kinship?
Not until later. Linnaeus originally believed that his system of taxonomy rather showed a pattern of creation.