What are four key components of natural selection?

Answer the following questions in essay format. See the assignment  expectations below for details on how to format your essay. You will be  selecting one species from the video below to address  questions 4 and 5 (video is approximately 12 minutes in length). You  will need to conduct additional research to complete the essay in  detail.

  1. In your own words define natural selection and evolution.
  2. What are four key components of natural selection?
  3. What kinds of variable traits might natural selection act upon within a population?

Choose one species from the video below (examples  include the peacock or North American Elk) to complete the remaining two  questions for your Case Assignment:

Conboy, R. Evolution – Why Sex? Retrieved March 13, 2018 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AiHTcWejjQ

 

  1. Sexual selection is a “special case” of natural selection. Define  sexual selection (explain the concepts of male competition and female  choice in your answer).
  2. How do the unique traits of the animal you have chosen increase its fitness (in reproductive terms)?

Assignment Expectations

Organize this essay assignment using subtitles that summarize the  topic from each question above. For example, to answer Question 1, use a  descriptive subtitle like the following: Natural Selection and Evolution.

Your essay should be approximately 2-3 pages in length. Answer each  question under the subtitle using complete sentences that relate back to  the question. Be sure to use APA formatting throughout your essay with  1-inch margins, 12-point type and double spacing throughout. Include a  title page, introduction, answers to the questions with subtitles and  concluding paragraph. Remember to include in-text citations within the  body of the essay referencing your resources (i.e. Murray, 2014). Also,  be sure to include a reference section at the end of your assignment  listing all required readings and any additional resources you used to  complete your essay.

Direct quotes should be limited and must be designated by quotation  marks. Paraphrased ideas must give credit to the original author, for  example (Murray, 2014). Direct copying from “homework help” websites will not receive credit.  Once you have completed your assignment within a word document, please  upload your final version to the Module Four Case Assignment dropbox.  Please also note your Turnitin originality score and make revisions as  needed. Please contact your instructor with any questions

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