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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

adap′tive radia′tion(n.)

  1. the diversification of a group of organisms into separate species or subspecies adapted to different environments, each new group often further diversifying.

    Category: Biology, Evolution

Origin of adaptive radiation:

1900–05

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adaptive radiation(noun)

    the development of many different forms from an originally homogeneous group of organisms as they fill different ecological niches

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  1. adaptive radiation(Noun)

    the diversification of species into separate forms that each adapt to occupy a specific environmental niche

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  1. Adaptive radiation

    In evolutionary biology, adaptive radiation is a process in which organisms diversify rapidly into a multitude of new forms, particularly when a change in the environment makes new resources available and opens environmental niches. Starting with a recent single ancestor, this process results in the speciation and phenotypic adaptation of an array of species exhibiting different morphological and physiological traits with which they can exploit a range of divergent environments. Adaptive radiation, a characteristic example of cladogenesis, can be graphically illustrated as a "bush", or clade, of coexisting species.

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