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)

Other Words from macroevolution

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

Examples of macroevolution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Identifying species and the process by which new species emerge from fossils falls in the realm of macroevolution, or evolution over broad time scales. Briana Pobiner And Ryan Mcrae, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2021 These facts are every bit as solid and universally attested as climate change or macroevolution. Samuel James, National Review, 14 Feb. 2020 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, 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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“Macroevolution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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