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

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evolutionary biologist noun

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Its popularity stems from a mix of evolutionary biology, a reappraisal of high-meets-low culture, a reprieve from political anxiety, and the engagement economy. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Cute furniture is a reprieve from our age of anxiety," 7 Aug. 2019 Harrison Duran, a fifth-year biology student with an emphasis in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Merced, unearthed the skull while on a paleontology dig in the North Dakota's Badlands. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "College student finds 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull in North Dakota," 25 July 2019 Yet few cancer biologists study natural selection, and that’s what Townsend has brought to the cancer field with his background in evolutionary biology. Quanta Magazine, "Theorists Debate How ‘Neutral’ Evolution Really Is," 8 Nov. 2018 At its core, biophilic design is about the connection between humans and nature, which goes back to human evolutionary biology. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 Genetics revolutionized evolutionary biology and taxonomy. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 For some reason, every book in the self-improvement genre veers into evolutionary biology or what some study about dopamine and rats tells us about human accomplishment. Kate Bachelder Odell, WSJ, "‘Atomic Habits’ and ‘The Bullet Journal Method’ Review: New Year’s Baby Steps," 31 Dec. 2018 The women, who asked to be identified, are Kathleen Treseder, professor and chair of ecology and evolutionary biology; Jessica Pratt, an assistant teaching professor; Benedicte Shipley, an assistant dean; and Michelle Herrera, a graduate student. Teresa Watanabe, latimes.com, "Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist resigns after committing sexual harassment," 29 June 2018 There’s senior midfielder Tyler Warner, a key to Monday’s game with his faceoff work and an ecology and evolutionary biology major. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Yale Lacrosse Championship Celebrated By Coach Andy Shay, Savored By AD Tom Beckett," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of evolutionary biology

1876, in the meaning defined above

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