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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Other Words from evolutionary biology

evolutionary biologist noun

Examples of evolutionary biology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For over 20 years, Liebenberg, an associate of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, has been connecting indigenous San groups in Namibia with scientists all over the world. Michael Cross; Story By Tom Page, CNN, "Indigenous trackers are teaching scientists about wildlife," 9 July 2020 Corona knows how to be interdisciplinary in ways that our brainy universities only dream of, acquiring expertise in evolutionary biology, globalization, human nature. Kc Cole, Wired, "Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning," 7 July 2020 Pardis Sabeti is a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard University and a researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Pardis Sabeti, STAT, "Contact tracing technology must protect people from discrimination as well as disease," 5 June 2020 Stepping into that role was sort of a natural fit for Bergstrom, whose background in evolutionary biology steeled him for contentious debates. NBC News, "Science, politics and trolls: How Carl Bergstrom became a voice of clarity on the coronavirus," 26 May 2020 One of the great riddles in evolutionary biology has therefore always been how genetic novelty arises. Quanta Magazine, "Where Do New Genes Come From?," 9 Apr. 2020 Predation certainly is a large factor in shaping many behaviors in ecosystems, says Daniel Blumstein, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles who was also not involved in the new study. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Psst! The poachers are coming.’ How tiny birds tip off rhinos.," 14 Apr. 2020 Jay Storz, the author of the study and a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Nebraska, says these little fellas are generally found around sea level. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Meet the highest mouse on Earth," 31 Mar. 2020 Sadly, not enough people read On the Origin of Species today—even graduate students in evolutionary biology don’t all read it—but no one escapes its meaning and its implications. David Quammen, The New York Review of Books, "The Brilliant Plodder," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of evolutionary biology

1876, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Evolutionary biology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolutionary%20biology. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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