The African Leopard Essay

708 Words Sep 25th, 2016 3 Pages
The African Leopard is becoming more threatened as humans encroach on their habitat and poach them for their coats. A black variation of the African leopard exists, leaving some individuals with a much darker coat. The allele associated with this phenotype is “a” recessive allele and shows presence in an individual when it is homozygous. The normal patterned leopard coat is expressed by the dominant “A” allele and shows presence in an individual when it is homozygous as well as heterozygous. The African Leopard generally lives in bush and forest areas (awf). If people were to push all African Leopard populations into darkly covered forests over fifty generations, how would this affect the allele frequency of these populations? This simulation clearly shows natural selection, one of the basic mechanisms of evolution. Natural Selection is the idea that Individuals with certain adaptations that are suited to their environments will live long enough to breed and pass down those desirable traits to their offspring more than individuals with less desirable traits (Berkley). This simulations helps display the effects on allele frequency that changing a habitat can have on a species. The null hypothesis of this experiment is that the change in habitat of the African Leopard from more open spaced bush to darker, tree packed forest will not have an effect on the populations’ allele frequency.
The alternative hypothesis is that the change in habitat of the African Leopard from more…

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