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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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 Positive psychology involves a complex mixture of Eastern religions, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, behavioral economics, and more. Daniel Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "In the worst human traumas, psychologists found the roots of happiness," 6 May 2018 Ross’s proof starts off relying on fossils in museums, books and articles on evolutionary biology, and so on. Nikk Effingham, Vox, "How to argue with flat earthers," 28 Apr. 2018 Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater Some of the most exciting recent discoveries in evolutionary biology have shown how humans adapted to extreme conditions like living at high altitude. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: superhuman divers, #MeToo allegations at Salk, and post-war science in Colombia," 27 Apr. 2018 The orthodoxy in evolutionary biology is that selection acts mostly within groups, with between-group selection reserved only for very special cases. Jordana Cepelewicz, Scientific American, "The Elusive Calculus of Insect Altruism," 26 Apr. 2018 Some of the most exciting discoveries in evolutionary biology in recent years have shown how humans have adapted to extreme conditions, such as living at high altitude. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater," 19 Apr. 2018

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of evolutionary biology was in 1876

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