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BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes

by: Julia Delaluz

BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes BIOL120

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Date Created: 04/03/16
Julia Delaluz BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes 3/28-4/1 Developing the Hypothesis of Common Descent  Darwin/s records and drawings, along with samples he collected supported the hypothesis of common descent- that all modern organisms are descent from a single common ancestor  Darwin took 20 years to gather strong documentary support, finally publishing On the Origin of Species in 1859 o Main point is hypothesis proposing how species come about- the process of evolution through natural selection (also proposed by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1858will not be tested on) o Also presents evidence in support of the common descent theory Evolution  Based on observations  Variation within a species  Characteristics are inherited  Many offspring born, not all live to reproduce  Some offspring have characteristics that give them good survival chance  TIME Observation #1: o Individuals within populations vary: o Differences in appearance- colors of wolves o Differences in production of chemicals  Amount of caffeine in coffee seeds Observation #2: o Some variation among individuals can be passed on to their offspring (heritability): o Offspring tend to have the same or similar characters as their parents o Pigeons with fan-shaped tails have offspring with fan-shaped tails Observation #3: o Populations of organisms produce more offspring than will survive: o The capacity to reproduce far outstrips the resources of the environment  If all of the offspring of one breeding pair of elephants live, there will be over 15 million elephants in the group after 500 years Observation #4: o Survival and Reproduction are not Random:  subset of individuals that survive long enough to reproduce is not an arbitrary group Julia Delaluz BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes 3/28-4/1  some variants in a population have a higher likelihood of survival and reproduction than other variants do  the relative survival and reproduction of one variant compared to others in the same population is its fitness  traits that increase an individuals fitness in a particular environment are called adaptations  individuals with high fitness have more characteristics that are appropriate for that particular environment o ‘Survival of the Fittest’  Natural selection results in the survival of individuals who are best for the current environment given the current variants in the population  This is all relative (to the climate, the environment) Darwin’s Inference  Natural Selection Causes evolution o Natural selection ‘selects for’ adaptive characteristics o Individuals with high fitness reproduce more often o Those adaptive alleles are passed on more often MicroEvolution  Small changes, still same species, occurs over a long time  Change in allele frequencies of a population over time  Individuals don’t change- populations do  Gene Pool: all of the alleles in a population  Populations evolve due to… o Diversity, environment o Diversity arises from…  Meiosis: crossing over, independent assortment  Sexual reproduction, mutations  Mate selection (nonrandom mating)  Migration (gene flow)  Fitness: having alleles suited to an environment  Unequal reproductive success o The more fit, the more reproduction Production of New Alleles- 3 gene mutation types:  Beneficial- bestows an advantage, confers fitness.  Neutral. And Harmful- typically results in death Sexual Selection Julia Delaluz BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes 3/28-4/1  Through nonrandom mating, the alleles for preferred traits prevail over the generations  Sexual dimorphism is particularly striking among mammals and birds  Often, females are the agents of selection Gene Flow- Migration Gene flow: a physical flow of alleles between populations, tends to counter genetic difference that we expect to arise through mutations and natural selection Emigration (move out) Immigration (move in) It helps keep separated populations genetically similar Genetic Drift Chance of alteration of allele frequency in a population Bottleneck Effect: disease kills off members Founder Effect: small part of the population moves to a new area and they bring only a portion of the gene pool. Can give rise to dangerous disorders Natural Selection Results from Current Environmental Conditions…Results: Directional o Traits move in a particular direction  Ex: towards larger beak sizes in birds Stabilizing o Extremes are selected against and the traits of the population remain the same because the average condition is the most fit  Birth weight of babies Disruptive (or Diversifying) o Average condition is least fit, extremes are preferred o Increases the diversity- tow or more variants are fit  HIVV particles, better to evade the immune system Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium  States that there will be no change in allele frequencies if: o He population is large o Mating is totally random o No immigration or emigration o No mutations, no natural selection Artificial VS. Natural Selection Julia Delaluz BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes 3/28-4/1  Artificial: o Humans act as environment o Seen in animals (dogs) o Seen in plants (crops)  Natural: o Depends on environment o Fitness o Unequal reproductive success MacroEvolution  Large changes, new species, occurs over a super duper long time  Species: a group of individuals that, in nature, can interbreed and produce fertile offspring by cannot reproduce with members of other species o A single species makes up an impermeable container for its gene pool 3 Conditions for Speciation (macroevolution)  1) Separation of population into 2 groups  2) Environmentally different in the 2 areas causing genetic divergence  3) Development of mechanisms for reproductive isolation  Isolation of populations leads to divergence of traits; migration leads to speciation  Physical separation leads to Speciation Reproductive Isolation: Are viable fertile offspring produced? Temporal Isolation: o Different breeding seasons o No mating Behavioral Isolation: o No mate attraction due to behavioral differences o No mating  Ecological Isolation: o Different microclimates o No mating (Difference in the timing of reproduction can lead to speciation)  Mechanical Isolation: o Physical incompatibility of reproductive structures o Attempted mating Julia Delaluz BIOL 120 Week 7 Notes 3/28-4/1  Gamete Isolation: o Mating o No fertilization o Games don’t fuse- sperm does not penetrate egg  Hybrid Inviability: o Mating o Fertilization o Hybrid doesn’t survive long after conception Hybrid Infertility: o Mating o Fertilization o Hybrid offspring survives o Hybrid is sterile Does Evolution Occur Gradually?  Gradualism: slowly and smoothly over time (ramp)  OR Punctuated Equilibrium: long static periods then quickly (staircase) HUMAN RACES ARE NOT BIOLOGICAL GROUPS  No race-specific alleles have been identified  Populations classified in the same race do not have similar allele frequencies  Populations within “races” are not necessarily more similar to each other than they are to populations of different races…we are all the same  Human races have never been truly isolated


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