Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.15 SC.6.L.14
The students will be able to: a) list two of the factors involved in the extinction of small populations, and b) differentiate between an individual organism, a species, and a population.
Species become extinct for a variety of reasons. Some are not able to adapt to changes in their environment; others may lose their habitat. Extinction is part of the natural process. Today, however, the rate of extinction is much greater than it has ever been. Human's intervention has led to destruction of habitat and overharvesting of certain species. This can lead to a muchmore rapid extinction of species than would occur in the natural course of events.