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AP Biology
Darwin and Evolution (Chapter 15 Outline)
Vocabulary: Define in your own words
AdaptationAnalogous structuresArtificial selectionBiogeographyCatastrophismEvolutionFitnessHomologous structuresNatural SelectionPaleontologyStrataTransitional fossilUniformitarianismVestigial structuresRespond to the following questions/prompts:
Evaluate Lamarck's idea of "inheritance of acquired characteristics" as an explanation for biological
diversity in organisms. What is wrong or right about this idea? (2 pts)
Summarize the stages of evolution by natural selection. Explain a bit about each stage. (4 pts)
What are the three categories of observations of evolution by natural selection that Darwin gathered
while traveling on the HMS Beagle? Explain a bit about each category. (3 pts)
What is the significance of the marine shells that Darwin found high in the Andes Mountains? (2 pts)
Interpret one example from each area of study--fossil, anatomical, biogeographical, and biochemical -that provide evidence for the idea of descent of all life from a common ancestor . (4 pts)
What were a few misconceptions Darwin's critics had about his theory of natural selection. (2 pts)
What are the differences between homologous and analogous vestigial structures and what does each
type of structure tell us about common ancestry? (4 pts)
Provide an example of a transitional fossil. Why are transitional fossils key to the theory of evolution by
natural selection? (2 pts)
Identify two common misconceptions about the theory of evolution. Explain a bit about each
misconception. (4 pts)
Write three things that you learned about Darwin and Evolution:
Make sure to write a full sentence.
Example: I learned that Charles Darwin set sail on the HMS Beagle in 1831 to journey to the
Galapagos Islands to study organism diversity; he was only 22 years old.