cladogenesis

noun
clad·​o·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌkla-də-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce cladogenesis (audio) \

Definition of cladogenesis

: evolutionary change characterized by treelike branching of taxa — compare anagenesis

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Other Words from cladogenesis

cladogenetic \ ˌkla-​dō-​jə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce cladogenetic (audio) \ adjective
cladogenetically \ ˌkla-​dō-​jə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cladogenetically (audio) \ adverb

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Since these modern features were already present in the older species, the most likely scenario is that Lucy’s species formed by evolutionary divergence from A. anamensis – a process known as cladogenesis. Hester Hanegraef, Quartz Africa, "The skull of humanity’s oldest known ancestor is changing our understanding of evolution," 7 Sep. 2019 Further evidence for cladogenesis comes from a 3.9m years old frontal bone (part of the forehead) from Ethiopia, discovered in 1981. Hester Hanegraef, Quartz Africa, "The skull of humanity’s oldest known ancestor is changing our understanding of evolution," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cladogenesis

1953, in the meaning defined above

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