Module 2: Artificial Selection
From the Charles Darwin Trust, these materials help students to understand the process of artificial selection. Darwin pointed out that all animals and plants show variation. He proposed that breeders select the variants they think desirable.
Students undertake a range of activities in which they make observations of animals, present and analyse data. They allow the students to:
* Recognise that species are not fixed but are capable of change over time.
* Explain that individual organisms vary.
* Find evidence for the idea that traits can be selected by human breeders.
* Discuss the idea that selective breeding produces features that are useful to the breeder but not necessarily useful to the organism.
* Compare and contrast the processes of natural and artificial selection.
* Identify how wild animals are adapted to their environment in ways that help them survive and breed.
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