Common Ecological Misconceptions

Ecological Adaptation


 

Misconception

Reference*

Traits are developed by individuals in response to the needs of the individual. Bishop & Anderson 1990, Clough & Wood-Robinson 1985
Traits develop because they are part of a predetermined plan. Clough & Wood Robinson 1985
Traits are properties of populations and/or species. Bishop & Anderson 1990
Traits are passed on by the bigger, stronger organisms that replace the smaller, weaker ones. Munson 1991
A species changes because the organisms use or fail to use particular body parts or abilities Bishop & Anderson 1990
Adaptation equals evolution D'Avanzo 2003

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