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Phylogeny   /faɪlˈɑdʒəni/   Listen

(biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms.  Synonyms: evolution, organic evolution, phylogenesis.

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"Phylogeny" Quotes from Famous Books

... series of strata, marking periods of intervening time which there is no means of measuring, but during which we know that the progress of change in the animals then living never ceased. When such a break is reached, the course of phylogeny is like picking up an interrupted trail, with the additional complication that the one we find is never quite like the one we left, and it is in such conditions that the systematist must apply his knowledge of the general progressive tendencies through the ages of change, ...
— American Big Game in Its Haunts • Various

... "Generelle Morphologie" and in another works, has recently brought his great knowledge and abilities to bear on what he calls phylogeny, or the lines of descent of all organic beings. In drawing up the several series he trusts chiefly to embryological characters, but receives aid from homologous and rudimentary organs, as well as from the successive periods at which the various forms ...
— On the Origin of Species - 6th Edition • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Phylogeny" :   anamorphosis, anamorphism, macroevolution, microevolution, anthropogeny, anthropogenesis, speciation, emergent evolution, Scopes trial, biological science, biology, biological process, organic process

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