What are the four types of natural selection? Please give examples.

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Feb 18, 2018


What can lead to natural selection:
-Separation of species (speciation)
-Introduction/Removal of a species (e.g. predator or competitor or food/prey)
-Change in climate


Natural Selection is gradual 'coming about' of a species in summary. It is the survival of the most well adapted members of said species, which then reproduce and pass their genetic information on, and that entails their characteristics, which helps their offspring to then survive better and reproduce and carry on the pattern.

Separation of a species, or speciation is when a natural event occurs, whether it be tectonic, a flood, a storm, etc, which separates a species and stops contact between members of said species. A short example would be an island, which has a large herd of goats. One fateful day, the island is split in two by a mountain range, the herd of goats is split in two and are separated from each other, in 1000s of years time, the mountain comes down and the two goat herds meet again, they however cannot interbreed as they are too genetically different from one another due to the separation and the long period of time with no contact.

Introduction/Removal of a species can 'cause' natural selection, for example. On an island there are 2 birds, one flies and one does not, one day some explorers comes to the island with cats, the flightless one cannot out run or fly away from said cats and explorers and is gradually eaten to extinction. The flying bird lives on, eating fruit and evading explorers and cats, until it one day finds itself having to compete with the explorers for the fruit as the explorers strip the trees bare of their fruit. Gradually, this bird too dies out due to the lack of food. These trees however relied on said bird to reproduce, and die out, leaving the island desolate and extinct of all its indigenous wildlife, bar the now hungry explorers and their hungry cats whom are being eaten by their explorer/owners.

Change in climate, can lead to natural selection and the emergence of new species, for example. In a low lying area, there is many rats which feed upon the fruit on the top of mangrove trees. One day, the area is flooded, leaving all the mangrove trees sitting in the water. Some of the rats cannot swim or as well as other rats, and so either drown or eventually starve, some rats however are very good at swimming and thrive, they keep breeding with each other until there are only rats which can swim well and eventually are perfected to swimming in the flooded area.

Mutations is what brings about everything in natural selection, if there was not a mutation, said species would go extinct, for example. There are many deer in a field which are predated on by wolves, some deer get away and some are eaten, however, those deer who get away breed, and eventually almost all the deer can escape said wolves, however, the wolves who do get the few deer who can get away from practically all the other wolves keep breeding until they are the only wolves left getting kills and the other wolves are starved. Then said process starts again.

-Hope this helps.