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"Natural selection is not simply about survival – an animal must also pass on its DNA. This creates the possibility of individuals competing with other members of the same species through reproduction. Our bodies offer us clues about how our ancestors reproduced, competed with each other, but also how they must have cooperated in order to reproduce successfully." Instructions: 1) Click on the link below to access the assigned reading, 2) Where says "Download" choose an option, i.e. pdf or Online Reader 2) Read Chapter 3, pages 58-85.
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