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Table 1 Common misconceptions about natural selection

From: Teaching natural selection in early elementary classrooms: can a storybook intervention reduce teleological misunderstandings?

MisconceptionExample answers to: Why did giraffes evolve longer necks?
Explicit TE
 Basic TEThe giraffes developed longer necks in order to reach food that grew on tall trees OR Giraffes with shorter necks developed longer necks because they needed them to reach food
 Elaborated effort TEGiraffes got long necks because they tried to reach the food
 Elaborated agent TENature gave giraffes longer necks to help them
Ambiguous explanation
 TransformationGiraffes with short necks changed into giraffes with long necks
 DevelopmentGiraffes born with short necks grew longer necks as they got older
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