macroevolution

noun
mac·​ro·​evo·​lu·​tion | \ ˈma-krō-ˌe-və-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce macroevolution (audio) also -ˌē-və-\

Definition of macroevolution

: evolution that results in relatively large and complex changes (as in species formation)

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Other Words from macroevolution

macroevolutionary \ ˈma-​krō-​ˌe-​və-​ˈlü-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce macroevolutionary (audio) also  -​ˌē-​və-​ \ adjective

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Rather, Abzhanov showed that the same forces that shape microevolution — minor alterations within species — also drive macroevolution, the evolution of whole new features and new groups of species. Quanta Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds," 2 June 2015

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First Known Use of macroevolution

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macroevolution

macro- + evolution, probably after French macroévolution

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