speciation

noun
spe·​ci·​a·​tion | \ˌspē-shē-ˈā-shən, -sē-\

Definition of speciation 

: the process of biological species formation

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Other Words from speciation

speciate \ ˈspē-​shē-​ˌāt , -​sē-​ \ intransitive verb
speciational \ ˌspē-​shē-​ˈā-​shnəl , -​sē-​, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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On Daphne, the conditions may have been just right for hybrid speciation. Jordana Cepelewicz, Washington Post, "When two different types of birds mated, a new species, Big Bird, was born," 6 Mar. 2018 Instead, Janke said, at least some of the whale speciation has been driven by personal taste. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 The lab is testing a theory discussed in recent years that postulates such adaptation to new environments drives the process of speciation. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard University has an underground lizard colony," 28 Feb. 2018 Cichlid fishes have undergone a mind-boggling degree of speciation. Axel Meyer, Scientific American, "The Extraordinary Evolution of Cichlid Fishes," 23 May 2017 Some experts think that even today hybrid speciation may be far from rare. Jordana Cepelewicz, Washington Post, "When two different types of birds mated, a new species, Big Bird, was born," 6 Mar. 2018 Kipukas help explain Hawaii’s extraordinary rate of speciation. Elyse Butler, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems," 29 Apr. 2017 Kipukas help explain Hawaii’s extraordinary rate of speciation. Elyse Butler, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems," 29 Apr. 2017 Similarly, the Galapagos naturally lends itself to speciation (hence, Darwin’s famous finches). Sam Schipani, Smithsonian, "The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)," 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of speciation

1906, in the meaning defined above

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