Natural selection of a cheetah
Updated: 2/23/2021
Natural selection of a cheetah

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  • #1: Overproduction
  • #2: Variation
  • #3: Environment
  • This species of cheetah have produced more offspring that can survive. Some of the offspring will die before they can reproduce.
  • #4: Struggle
  • A mutation occurred in the genes causing the variation of a trait which are strong legs which is selected for and weak legs that is selected against. The strong legs allow the cheetah to run faster and the weak legs cause the cheetah to run slower.
  • #5: Selection
  • Speciation of the cheetah occurred in Arica but the cheetah has adapted to living in grassland areas.The common vegetation of grasslands are tall-grass, bushes, and trees. Cheetahs share their habitat with other predators such as lions and leopards and, Cheetahs eating patterns consist of antelopes and warthogs.
  • #6: Differential Reproduction
  • Animals are constantly evolving to fix their struggles. In the habitat that cheetahs have adapted to cheetahs are always competing with other cheetahs and predators for food, mates, and shelter.
  • The variation of strong leg muscles was selected for. This means that cheetahs with strong legs have a favored trait that lets them survive and reproduce. Offspring without the variation of strong legs will die before they can reproduce which will cause the trait of weak legs to become rear.
  • Over time the variation of strong leg muscles became very common due to natural selection and was needed to survive. Although there are not many weak legged cheetahs they are not extinct because they are now considered the mutation instead of the normal trait.