How Much Do You Know About Heredity And Evolution? Trivia Quiz

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How Much Do You Know About Heredity And Evolution? Trivia Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In the early 1900s a group of "scientists" claimed to find the missing link. Later, it was discovered that the find was a fraud. In what country did this fraud take place?
    • A. 

      Germany

    • B. 

      Great Britain

    • C. 

      Ethiopia

    • D. 

      South Africa

  • 2. 
    What is the only hominid to co-exist with Homo sapiens in Europe?
    • A. 

      Homo erectus

    • B. 

      Homo neanderthalensis

    • C. 

      Homo habilis

    • D. 

      Homo robustus

  • 3. 
    To help unravel the mysteries of human evolution, paleoanthropologists use all of the following except ___.
    • A. 

      Fossilized bones

    • B. 

      Endocasts of the brains

    • C. 

      Molecular clocks

    • D. 

      Written historical records

  • 4. 
    Humans have a longer childhood than other apes because humans need more time for lung development.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    A feature that performs a similar function in different organisms but is not similar in origin is called a(n) ___.
    • A. 

      Homologous structure

    • B. 

      Analogous structure

    • C. 

      Vestigial structure

    • D. 

      Fossil structure

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is NOT true about Charles Darwin?
    • A. 

      Darwin was born in 1809.

    • B. 

      Darwin was an British naturalist.

    • C. 

      Darwin was 42 years old when he traveled on the H.M.S. Beagle.

    • D. 

      Darwin married his first cousin Emma.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is NOT true of Darwin's book The Origin of Species?
    • A. 

      It was published in 1859.

    • B. 

      It was ignored when it was first published.

    • C. 

      It contained evidence for evolution.

    • D. 

      It described natural selection.

  • 8. 
    Modern whales have vestigial pelvic bones and lungs instead of gills. What does this evidence suggest about whale ancestors?
    • A. 

      Whale ancestors lived on land.

    • B. 

      Whale ancestors did not evolve.

    • C. 

      Whale ancestors lived 850 million years ago.

    • D. 

      Whale ancestors ate opossums.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following statements is the way Darwin explained the distribution of finch species on the Galapagos Islands?
    • A. 

      "They had descended with modification from a common mainland ancestor."

    • B. 

      "They had descended with modification from several different mainland ancestors."

    • C. 

      "They had remained unchanged since arriving on the Galapagos from the mainland."

    • D. 

      "They had become more similar to one another after arriving on the Galapagos."

  • 10. 
    All of the following branches of science provide evidence for evolution EXCEPT ___.
    • A. 

      Biogeography

    • B. 

      Embriology

    • C. 

      Paleontology

    • D. 

      Oncology

  • 11. 
    Which of the following facts supporting evolution would be found in the study of embryology?
    • A. 

      Embryos of very different organisms have very similar developmental stages.

    • B. 

      A bats wing and a whales flipper have very similar bone structure.

    • C. 

      Large, flightless birds are found on different continents: Australia (Emu), Africa (Ostrich), and Rhea (South America).

    • D. 

      More primative fossils are found below more complex fossils in the rock layers.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following facts supporting evolution would be found in the study of paleontology?
    • A. 

      Embryos of very different organisms have very similar developmental stages.

    • B. 

      A bats wing and a whales flipper have very similar bone structure.

    • C. 

      Large, flightless birds are found on different continents: Australia (Emu), Africa (Ostrich), and Rhea (South America).

    • D. 

      More primative fossils are found below more complex fossils in the rock layers.

  • 13. 
    Which of the following facts supporting evolution would be found in the study of biogeography?
    • A. 

      Embryos of very different organisms have very similar developmental stages.

    • B. 

      A bats wing and a whales flipper have very similar bone structure.

    • C. 

      Large, flightless birds are found on different continents: Australia (Emu), Africa (Ostrich), and Rhea (South America).

    • D. 

      More primative fossils are found below more complex fossils in the rock layers.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following facts supporting evolution would be found in the study of comparative anatomy?
    • A. 

      Embryos of very different organisms have very similar developmental stages.

    • B. 

      A bats wing and a whales flipper have very similar bone structure.

    • C. 

      Large, flightless birds are found on different continents: Australia (Emu), Africa (Ostrich), and Rhea (South America).

    • D. 

      More primative fossils are found below more complex fossils in the rock layers.

  • 15. 
    The ancient bipedal hominid called "Lucy" is a member of which species?
    • A. 

      Australopithecus aferensis

    • B. 

      Australopithecus africanus

    • C. 

      Homo sapiens

    • D. 

      Homo erectus

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