What the theory of natural selection asserts

prepare for this Application Assignment:
•Review Chapter 11 “An Evolving Enemy” and focus on the following: ◦What the theory of natural selection asserts
◦What evidence supports the theory of natural selection
◦How the theory of natural selection relates to the theory of evolution

•Log on to MasteringBiology (see the Media section of the Required Resources) to review the animation “Principles of Evolution” and focus on the relationship between natural selection and evolution.

The Assignment:

By Day 5:
1.Print and save to your computer the Natural Selection Lab Report document from the Natural Selection Virtual Lab. You may complete this report by hand as you complete the lab; however, by Day 7, you submit an electronic version of this document for your Application Assignment.
2.Complete the Natural Selection Virtual Lab. See the Required Resources section for the link to this activity. •Fill out appropriate sections of the Natural Selection Lab Report as you complete the lab. You may complete the analysis and conclusion sections of the lab report after you exit the virtual lab.

Belk, C., & Maier, V. (2013). Biology: Science for life (4th ed.). New York: Pearson Education, Inc. ◦Chapter 11, “An Evolving Enemy”

This chapter describes the process of natural selection and explains how it contributes to evolution.
◦Chapter 12, “Who Am I?”

This chapter explains what a species is and how races developed in the human population.

•Document: Natural Selection Lab Report: You complete and submit this document for your Application Assignment this week. Note: This document is printed from the Natural Selection Virtual Lab. Be sure to save this document to your computer, as you will be completing and submitting an electronic version of this document.

Natural Selection Virtual Lab:•Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Natural selection. Baltimore, MD: Author.

In this lab, you imitate John Endler’s classic natural selection experiment with guppies. As you perform this virtual experiment, you form your own hypothesis, make observations, and analyze your results.

You complete this virtual lab by Day 5. You also complete a Natural Selection Lab Report and submit this report by Day 7 for your Application Assignment.

Optional Resources
•MasteringBiology: Use the access code included with your textbook to log on to MasteringBiology at http://www.masteringbiology.com/ to view the following Pearson resource. A link to this resource is located on the Student Home page for Chapter 10. BioFlix Animation◦Principles of Evolution (approximate length: 3 minutes, 50 seconds)

This animation provides an overview of the theory of evolution including explanations of living organisms’ descent from a common ancestor and the lines of evidence that scientists use to support evolutionary theory.
You may use the following websites to begin your search for additional resources for the Discussion in this week.
•National Geographic. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
• Science. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.sciencemag.org/
•Scientific American. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com
•Science Daily. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com

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