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This achievement standard involves the description of processes and patterns of evolution.

Processes of evolution are limited to

  • ways in which speciation occurs (sympatric, allopatric)
  • reproductive isolating mechanisms that contribute to speciation (geographical, temporal, ecological, behavioural, structural barriers, polyploidy)
  • the role of natural selection.

Patterns of evolution will be selected from: convergent evolution, divergent evolution (including adaptive radiation), co-evolution, punctuated equilibrium, gradualism.

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