Evolution by Natural Selection Word Splash FOOD VARIATIONS ADAPTATIONS ENVIRONMENT Name: _________________ DNA PREDATORS CHANGE TIME NATURAL SELECTION MUTATIONS The process of _______________________ is the reason for evolutionary change in a population of organisms. Darwin described this process as happening gradually over long periods of ____________. The changes start by organisms developing ____________________ in the traits of their population. These differences come from ____________ in an organism’s ____________ that are passed down from generation to generation. Differences that help an organism to survive and reproduce are called ______________________. The _______________________ has a major influence on which variations in traits are beneficial for survival and which are not. Different selection factors, like _______________, and sources of ______________, are involved in which variations are beneficial as well. Over time, the selection of beneficial variations leads to a _________________________ in the overall population of species.