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Example of Natural Selection

Natural selection is traditionally credited to Charles Darwin as a theoretical concept, however he was one of several people who propounded this idea. Natural selection is the process of survival by adaption and passing on survival characteristics to subsequent generations. Darwin and other naturalists also noted that these adaptions sometimes produced extraordinary, even exaggerated, changes in organisms.

Examples of Natural Selection:

The Australian platypus- An egg laying, duck billed monotreme, the platypus has been described as looking like a cross between a bird and a mammal. Recent genetic studies have discovered that it contains genes similar to birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Image Example of Natural Selection:

Darwin's illustrations of beak variation in the finches of the galapagos islands, which hold 13 closely related species that differ most markedly in the shape of their beaks. The beak of each species is suited to its preferred food, suggesting that beak shapes evolved by natural selection.