Natural Selection is defined as "any consistent difference in fitness among phenotypically different classes of biological entities".

There are  three general components of fitness: probability of survival to reproductive age, average number of offspring produced through female reproductive function (ex. eggs, seeds), or male reproductive function. 

These areas of fitness refer to the whole group, not individual specie because the terms probablity and average are used. 

Futuyma, F.J. (2009). Evolution. 2nd Ed. Chapter 11. Retrieved from   

10 examples of Natural Selection[edit | edit source]

Discovery Channel: 10 Examples of Natural Selection by Diana Bocco

What Not to Expect[edit | edit source]

Misconceptions & misguided inferences

Darwin stated in The Origin of Species,  "natural seelction will not produce absolute perfection, nor do we always meet, as far as we can judge, with this high standard in nature" (Futuyma, 2009). 

Natural selection is not goal oriented. There are two misconceptions here: organisms intentionally try to become a new specie and organisms intentionally try to change genetically. (Anderson, et al., 2002). 

Anderson, D. L., Fisher, K. M., & Norman, G. J. (2002). Development and evaluation of the conceptual inventory of natural selection. Journal of research in science teaching, 39(10), 952-978. 

Futuyma, F.J. (2009). Evolution. 2nd Ed. Chapter 11. Retrieved from

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.