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Biological Evolution

Biological evolution refers to the cumulative changes that occur in populations over time, it is concerned with both the mechanism by which changes are produced and also with the changes themselves i.e. the adaptations that have resulted in the vast diversity of organisms that previously and currently exist.

For the purpose of this assignment, you will summarize the various kinds of evidence that are used to support the theory of evolution and discuss the mechanism by which it is thought to occur. Write a 2-3 page (500 – 750 words, 12 point font) paper including the following elements. Be sure to compose your work with your own words. Do not copy and paste from any source.

Outline at least three types of evidence which support the theory of evolution, providing specific examples for each.  Ensure you include at least one modern example of observed natural selection and indicate the selective pressure that may have lead to it.

Briefly, describe some of the proposed mechanisms for evolution, include in your answer any factors that may have an impact on the process and comment on whether you believe that humans can influence this and why.

Provide at least three reference sources for your work.
Be sure to properly cite any outside sources you use.  You can find help with citations at the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL);

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