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How does natural variation of inherited characteristics occur in a pop

How does natural variation of inherited characteristics occur in a pop


School: Kent State University
Department: Biology
Course: Biological Diversity
Professor: Mark kershner
Term: Spring 2016
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Name: Biological Diversity
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How does natural variation of inherited characteristics occur in a population?

20.1- Genetic variation and evolution

∙ Darwin proposed natural selection as a mechanism for evolution ∙ Natural Selection- produces evolutionary change when individuals in a  population possess certain inherited characteristics and produce more viable  offspring than individuals lacking such characteristics

o Result of natural selection- populations evolve and become better  adapted to their environments

o Natural selection leads to a change in allele frequencies because it  favors individuals with certain alleles

∙ Lamarck formed the idea of inheritance of acquired characteristics, and said  that changes that organisms experienced during their lives was passed on to  their offspring

What did lamarck believe about how organisms change?

o Proven wrong by Darwin, who proved that variation was not created by experiences (like giraffes’ necks being long to reach trees), but it is  instead the result of preexisting genetic differences among individuals.  

 Key point for Darwins theory- natural selection or genetically based variation leads to evolutionary change

∙ Changes in allele frequencies can be due to:

o Natural selection

o Mutations occurring repeatedly  

o Migration and genetic drift

o Gene flow

o Nonrandom mating

∙ Genetic variation in a population is necessary for evolution to occur because  natural selection occurs when some individuals are better suited for their  environment than others. This means that these individuals will live longer  and pass these traits on. Thus, genetic variation provides the means  necessary for natural selection to act upon, thereby leading to evolution

Why was lamarck's theory discredited?

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∙ Allele frequencies will not change and evolution will NOT occur if: o No mutation takes places

o No migration or emigration happens- leading to no genetic drift o Mating is random, which mates are not chosen based on their genes o Population size is large

o There is no natural selection

20.3- five agents of evolutionary change

1. Mutation

∙ Mutation is the ultimate source of genetic variation and is what makes  evolution possible

∙ Natural selection has no effect on mutation

∙ Very rare

2. Gene flow

∙ Occurs when alleles move between populations Don't forget about the age old question of What is the meaning of institutions in competing theories?

∙ A powerful agent of change

∙ Is successful if an individual newly arrives to a preexisting population  with different allele frequencies than the organisms that are already  there and mates successfully

o Allele frequency of the original receiving population may be  altered over time

∙ Pollen carried by insects and seeds that blow in the wind are other  examples  

3. Nonrandom mating

∙ self fertilization

∙ inbreeding

∙ allele frequency is not altered. Thus, it results in a decreased allele  variability and diversity  

∙ shifts allele frequencies

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∙ alters allele frequencies in small populations

∙ are statistical accidents. Allele frequencies my change by chance alone ∙ random fluctuation of allele frequencies increases as population size  decreases

∙ bottlenose effect

o can happen after a catastrophe  

o gametes of only a small number of individuals form the next  generation, the alleles they exhibit are different than the  

parents. Thus, the next generation is comprised of only a few  individuals, which decreases genetic diversity

o EX: the northern elephant seal was hunted nearly to extinction.  At some point, only 1 population remained with about 20 seals.  At this point, genetic variation is lost. They are now protected  and their numbers have climbed, but genetic variation will only  be recovered if mutations arise

∙ genetic drift leads to the loss of alleles in isolated populations and is  included as a bottlenose effect

A. Founder Effect

∙ when one or a few individuals disperse and become the founders of a  new, isolated population that is a distance away from the populations  origin

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B. Bottlenose effect

∙ Populations may go through some event that causes their populations  to be greatly reduced in size

∙ If there are few surviving individuals, there will be a random genetic  sample of the original population, which results in a loss of genetic  diversity

5. Selection

∙ With natural selection, environmental conditions determine which  individuals produce the most successful offspring

∙ Variation must exist

∙ Variation must result in differences in the number of offspring surviving in the next generation

∙ Variation must have a genetic basis


22.1 Biological species concept and the nature of species

∙ The biological species concept focuses on the ability to exchange genes ∙ Defines a species as groups of actually or potentially interbreeding natural  populations that are reproductively isolated from other groups

∙ Says a species is composed populations whose members can mate with each  other successfully IF they came in contact.  

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∙ Some species that are separate population can interbreed successfully, but  they don’t do so under natural conditions

∙ Reproductive isolating mechanisms (PREZYGOTIC)

o Ecological isolation- species are in the same area, but occupy different  habitats and rarely encounter each other long enough to mate

o Behavioral isolation- different species have different mating rituals o Temporal isolation- species reproduce in different seasons or at  different times of the day

o Mechanical isolation- structural differences between reproductive  organs prevents successful mating

 Body mismatch

 Lock and key

o Prevention of gamete fusion- sperm cant reach the egg properly or the  egg of one species is toxic to the sperm of a different species

∙ Reproductive isolating mechanisms (POSTZYGOTIC)

o Hybrid inviability- breeding of two species that are similar that results  in a sterile, hybrid offspring

o Post zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms prevent the normal  development into reproducing adults

22.3- the role of genetic drift and natural selection in speciation

∙ Populations may diverge for completely random reasons.  

o EX: Genetic drift in small populations, founder effects, and population  bottlenecks may lead to changes in allele frequency and genetic  diversity that cause reproductive isolation

∙ Any two isolated populations can experience genetic drift over a period of  time, even large populations. This may affect traits that are responsible for  reproductive isolation and cause speciation

∙ Adaptation can lead to speciation.

o EX: one population of flies adapts to wet habitats and another adapts  to dry habitats, natural selection will occur for the differences in traits.  These differences can cause ecological and behavioral isolation ∙ Selection can also act directly on mating behavior

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