Definition of coevolution
: evolution involving successive changes in two or more ecologically interdependent species (as of a plant and its pollinators) that affect their interactions
coevolutionaryplay \ˌkō-ˌe-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē also -ˌē-və-\ adjective
coevolveplay \ˌkō-i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv\ intransitive verb
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The diversification of flowering plants also has everything to do with their coevolution with insects.
For example, in 2004, evolutionary biologist David Wilkinson used Green Mountain to illustrate that snail-speed coevolution is not always necessary for complex ecosystems to build themselves.
This is an an example of coevolution, where two species reciprocally affect each other over evolutionary time.
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