spe·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ˌspē-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce speciation (audio) , -sē- \

Definition of speciation

: the process of biological species formation

Other Words from speciation

speciate \ ˈspē-​shē-​ˌāt How to pronounce speciation (audio) , -​sē-​ \ intransitive verb
speciational \ ˌspē-​shē-​ˈā-​shnəl How to pronounce speciation (audio) , -​sē-​ , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of speciation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most successful living things pass these variations throughout generations, causing the eventual speciation of a creature perfectly suited to its environment. Borya Shakhnovich, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 However, as in evolutionary speciation, many unknown enterprises will emerge and thrive, while the existing ones will be altered with new business models. Chandra Gundlapalli, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Others, like Tautz and Mallet, decided to focus on the speciation process. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 Eventually, the differences between the traditionalists and the molecularists were judged insurmountable, and, in an intellectual version of speciation, Harvard’s biology department split in two. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Wolf has come to think that this might be the mechanism of their speciation. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 At other times, extinction crises cut back life on Earth, and speciation did not immediately follow. Riley Black, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2021 In one, rapid diversification in some aspect of body morphology produces a burst of new species at first, and then speciation slows as the available niches fill up. Quanta Magazine, 1 Dec. 2020 The result, in the first half of the book, is a dense but lucid guide to the history and biology of speciation on Earth. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of speciation

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Speciation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speciation. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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