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Heredity Evolution,Speciation Notes on Science For Class 10th

Sex determination in human beings

  • Human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes in the nucleus of the cell.
  • Out of this two chromosomes are sex chromosomes X and Y.
  • The female has two X chromosomes (XX) and male has one X and one Y
    chromosome (XY).
  • The sperms and eggs have one set of sex chromosomes.
  • Some sperms have X chromosome and some have Y chromosome.
  • All eggs have X chromosome.
  • If a sperm having X chromosome fuses with an egg having X chromosome the child will be a girl.
  • If a sperm having Y chromosome fuses with an egg having X chromosome the child will be a boy.

Variation and Evolution influence Survival Positively or Negatively

a) Some variations may help organisms to survive :-

  • There are some beetles living in green bushes.
  • They increase their numbers by reproduction.
  • Crows can easily see the red beetles and they are eaten by the crows.
  • During reproduction due to some variation some green beetles are produced instead of red beetles.
  • The green beetles are not visible to crows and are not eaten by them.
  • Then gradually the population of the red beetles decreases and the
    population of the green beetles increases.
  • This variation has helped the organisms to survive.

b) Some variations do not help organisms to survive :-

  •  During sexual reproduction a colour variation occurs in red beetles and some blue beetles are produced instead of red beetles.
  • Both the red and blue beetles are visible to crows and are eaten by them.
  • Then the population of both red and blue beetles decreases.
  • This variation has not helped the organisms to survive

Aquired Traits and Inherited Traits

Distinguish between acquired and inherited traits giving one example of each

Acquired traits Inherited traits
A trait (or characteristic) of a organism
which is not inherited‘ but develops in
response to the environment is called an
acquired trait.
A trait (or characteristic) of an organism which is caused by a change in its genes (or DNA) is called an inherited trait.
The acquired traits of an organism can
not be passed on to its future generations.
he inherited traits of an organism are passed on to its future generations
e.g. low weight‘ of beetle, cut tail of a
e.g. red colour of beetles,
fur coat of guinea pigs.

Aquired traits cannot be passed from one generation to the next :-

  •  If the population of beetles increases and plants are affected by diseases, then the food available for the beetles decreases and their body weight also decreases.
  • If after a few years the availability of food increases then the body weight of the beetles also increases.
  • This acquired trait cannot be passed from one generation to the next because there is no change in their genetic composition.

Speciation  and factors Influencing Speciation

  • Formation of new species from existing species is called speciation
  • The formation of new species from existing species is mainly due to one or more of the following factors.
  • They are :- Accumulation of variations, Physical barriers, Genetic drift, Natural selection and migration.
  1.  Accumulation of variations :- The differences between the individuals of the same species is called variations. The accumulation of variations over several generations produce new species.
  2. Physical barriers :- Populations may get separated by physical barriers like mountains, rivers, lakes etc. These isolated groups produce variations which can produce new species.
  3. Genetic drift :- Natural calamities or introduction of new members of the same species in an area can produce changes in the gene pool of the population and new variations are produced which can produce new species.
  4. Natural selection :- Only those individuals of a species which have useful variations and can adapt to the changes in the environment survive and the others die. These organisms can produce variations and new species.
  5. Migration :- Some individuals of a species may migrate to a new geographical area and adjust to the changes in the environment there and develop new variations and produce new species.


  • The gradual changes taking place in living organisms giving rise to new organisms due to changes in their genetic composition is called evolution.

Evidences of evolution

  • There are a number of common features in different organisms which provide evidence to show evolutionary relationship.
  • The main evidences of evolution are from the study of :- Homologous organs, Analogous organs and Fossils.

a) Homologous organs :- are organs which are similar in structure but different in functions.
Eg :- The fore limbs of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals have similar structures but different functions.

Frog (amphibian) uses its fore limb to raise the front of the body. Lizard (reptile) uses its fore limb for walking and running. Birds fore limbs are modified as wings for flying.
Mammals use the fore limbs for grasping, walking, running, swimming,flying etc.

b) Analogous organs :- are organs which are different in structures but similar in functions.
Eg :- The wings of butterfly, bird and bat have different structures but similar functions. This shows evolutionary relationship.

Evolution by stages :-

  • Complex organisms and its organs developed from simpler organisms gradually over generations.
  • Evolution of eyes :- The eyes of planaria are just eye spots to detect light. It developed gradually into a complex organ in higher animals.
  • Evolution of feathers :- Feathers were first developed in dinosaurs and used for protection from cold. Later birds used them for flying.
  • Evolution by artificial selection :- Humans cultivated wild cabbage for over 2000 years and produced different vegetables from it by artificial selection.
    Eg :- Cabbage – by selecting short distance between the leaves.
    Cauliflower – by selecting sterile flowers.
    Kale – by selecting large leaves
    Kholrabi – by selecting the swollen stem
    Broccoli – by arresting flower growth

Evolution should not be equated with progress :-

  • Evolution has not resulted in progress.
  • Evolution has resulted in the formation of several complex species from simpler species due to variations, genetic drift and natural selection.
  • This does not mean that one species gets eliminated when new species are formed or that the new species are better than the older species.
  • Species get eliminated only if they are not able to adapt to the changes in the environment.
  • Several species which could adapt to the changes in the environment still continue to survive for example bacteria.
  • Human beings have not evolved from chimpanzees.
  • They had a common ancestor from which they evolved separately.
  • Human beings are not the pinnacle of evolution but they are only one species among the several evolving species.

Human evolution :- (Homo sapiens)

  • There is a great diversity among human beings in their form and features around the world.
  • Human beings evolved in Africa.
  • Some of them stayed there and others migrated to different parts of the world.
  • Then due to genetic variations and the environmental changes in different geographical regions they developed changes in their forms and features.

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