The term can also be applied to larger groups of organisms, as in "the adaptive radiation of mammals." adaptive strategies: A mode of coping with competition or environmental conditions on an evolutionary time scale.Species adapt when succeeding generations emphasize beneficial characteristics.They have moist scaleless skin which is used to supplement the lungs in gas exchange.
amphibians: The class of vertebrates that contains the frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders.
The amphibians evolved in the Devonian period (about 370 million years ago) as the first vertebrates to occupy the land.
Then, even if circumstances change such that it no longer provides any survival or reproductive advantage, the behavior will still tend to be exhibited -- unless it becomes positively disadvantageous in the new environment.
adaptive radiation: The diversification, over evolutionary time, of a species or group of species into several different species or subspecies that are typically adapted to different ecological niches (for example, Darwin's finches).
In a diploid cell there are usually two alleles of any one gene (one from each parent).
Within a population there may be many different alleles of a gene; each has a unique nucleotide sequence.
antibacterial: Having the ability to kill bacteria.
antibiotics: Substances that destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms, particularly disease-causing bacteria.
artifact: An object made by humans that has been preserved and can be studied to learn about a particular time period.