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
evolutionary biologist noun

Examples of evolutionary biology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An evolutionary biology prof who keeps threatening to write the science book that will rock the academic world, the remarkably unremarkable family man would appear to be the last person to crash the subconscious of those unknown to him. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2023 But this study did something new, said senior author Lawren Sack, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 This is a foundational concept in evolutionary biology. Veronique Greenwood, Quanta Magazine, 15 Aug. 2023 How satellites help wineries pick new climate-friendly sites Morgan Tingley, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Los Angeles, said that a hotter world due to climate change is a drier one as well. Sofia Andrade, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 Why look at walking and running from an evolutionary biology perspective? Brianna Barbu, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2022 The discovery showed an exception to the once-prevailing notion in evolutionary biology that embryos do little more than play out a predetermined program for development. Suzie Hodges, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Sep. 2022 But exactly which of these is truly the closest relative to the very first animals has remained one of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 17 May 2023 This discovery happened when Rocío Deanna, a postdoctoral researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Abel Campos, an undergraduate double majoring in evolutionary biology and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology were visiting the CU Boulder Museum of Natural History in 2021. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evolutionary biology was in 1876

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“Evolutionary biology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolutionary%20biology. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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