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Adaptation

organism

Adaptation, an organism's adjustment to its environment in order to survive, believed to arise from transmitted genetic variations preserved by natural selection. Successful and versatile adaptation in an organism leads to widespread distribution and long-term survival. Examples include the development of lungs in amphibians and of wings in birds and insects.

See also: Acclimatization; Evolution.

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