evolutionary biology


Definition of evolutionary biology

: a discipline of biology concerned with the processes and patterns of biological evolution especially in relation to the diversity of organisms and how they change over time Speciation still remains one of the biggest mysteries in evolutionary biology.— Bob Holmes — see evolutionary developmental biology

Other Words from evolutionary biology

evolutionary biologist noun

Examples of evolutionary biology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the question that springs to mind is the alternative route of digestive waste (out of the mouth, rather undesirably), this feature is important for a fundamental reason of evolutionary biology. David Bressan, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Attenborough and Ben Garrod, an evolutionary biologist and professor of evolutionary biology and science engagement at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, joined DigVentures at the site for excavations. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Wilson, a giant of evolutionary biology, describes his first explorations of nature in the swamps of Alabama. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Schell did his dissertation work for his doctorate in evolutionary biology at a captive coyote research facility in Colorado. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 David Wagner, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut who was not involved in the study, tells the AP that climate change has already affected insect vectors like mosquitoes and ticks. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022 Species typically adapt in one of three ways, Morgan Tingley, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California Los Angeles, told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Feb. 2022 Eventually, in a win-win decision, evolutionary biology and molecular biology split into separate departments. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The rise of coronavirus variants has highlighted the huge influence evolutionary biology has on daily life. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of evolutionary biology

1876, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2022

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“Evolutionary biology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolutionary%20biology. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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