Would genetic drift be important for endangered species?

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Nov 28, 2017

Genetic drift would have a greater effect on endangered species than it would on relatively large populations that are not endangered.


Genetic drift occurs when the genetic frequencies within small populations fluctuates because of sample error. Sample error occurs when a subset of the entire possible population is selected for or against. This subset is not truly representative of the population as a whole . Endangered species exist in small groups and are more susceptible to this kind of sample error.