After surviving a bottleneck a population recovers to the point where it consists of as many individuals as it did prior to the bottleneck. Which of the following statements is most likely to apply to this population?

Answer The post-bottleneck population exhibits less genetic variation than the pre-bottleneck population.

When a population goes through a bottleneck its numbers are greatly reduced before re-expanding. The smaller the number of individuals who go through the bottleneck the less of the pre-bottleneck genetic variation going through the bottleneck. Therefore, the post-bottleneck population will have less genetic variation than the pre-bottleneck population.

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