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Two species or antelope, one from Africa, the other from Asia, are put into the same enclosure in a zoo. To the zookeeper's surprise individuals of the different species begin to mate and produce healthy, hybrid baby antelopes. Explain why a biologist might not view these offspring as evidence that the two species or antelope are in fact one.

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Cecie Starr + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337408332

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ISBN: 9781337408332
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Two species or antelope, one from Africa, the other from Asia, are put into the same enclosure in a zoo. To the zookeeper's surprise individuals of the different species begin to mate and produce healthy, hybrid baby antelopes. Explain why a biologist might not view these offspring as evidence that the two species or antelope are in fact one.

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To explain: The reason why the two species of antelopes cannot be considered as single one even though they together can make up a healthy hybrid baby.

Concept introduction:

Antelopes are large and dissimilar group of animals from the Bovidae family (cow family). Their existence is wide spread among different parts of the world. They are largely found in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and in North America. There are totally 90 diverse species of antelopes that can be found in grasslands, wetlands, grasslands, and desserts.

The reason for the grouping of antelopes as different species is because of their habitat. In different habitat, they adapt and slowly became new species (allopatric specification). Even though two different species can mate with each other to produce a hybrid, it cannot be taken as an evidence of the similarity within the species.

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The evolutionary process where new species are evolved from the old or existing species is called as speciation. Generally, there are four types of speciation that include allopatric, sympatric, parapatric and quantum speciation. Allopatric speciation is the type of speciation where a fraction of the population migrates and geographically is secluded from the original population. First, they get separated from their habitat and population and finally become entirely new species...

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