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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evolutionaryadjective

    of or relating to or produced by evolution

    "evolutionary biology"

Wiktionary

  1. evolutionaryadjective

    Of or relating to evolution.

    The evolutionary history of marine mammals includes land-dwelling ancestors.

Wikipedia

  1. Evolutionary

    In biology, evolution is the change in heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. These characteristics are the expressions of genes, which are passed on from parent to offspring during reproduction. Variation tends to exist within any given population as a result of genetic mutation and recombination. Evolution occurs when evolutionary processes such as natural selection (including sexual selection) and genetic drift act on this variation, resulting in certain characteristics becoming more common or more rare within a population. The evolutionary pressures that determine whether a characteristic is common or rare within a population constantly change, resulting in a change in heritable characteristics arising over successive generations. It is this process of evolution that has given rise to biodiversity at every level of biological organisation.The theory of evolution by natural selection was conceived independently by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in the mid-19th century and was set out in detail in Darwin's book On the Origin of Species. Evolution by natural selection is established by observable facts about living organisms: (1) more offspring are often produced than can possibly survive; (2) traits vary among individuals with respect to their morphology, physiology, and behaviour (phenotypic variation); (3) different traits confer different rates of survival and reproduction (differential fitness); and (4) traits can be passed from generation to generation (heritability of fitness). In successive generations, members of a population are therefore more likely to be replaced by the offspring of parents with favourable characteristics. In the early 20th century, other competing ideas of evolution such as mutationism and orthogenesis were refuted as the modern synthesis concluded Darwinian evolution acts on Mendelian genetic variation.All life on Earth—including humanity—shares a last universal common ancestor (LUCA), which lived approximately 3.5–3.8 billion years ago. The fossil record includes a progression from early biogenic graphite to microbial mat fossils to fossilised multicellular organisms. Existing patterns of biodiversity have been shaped by repeated formations of new species (speciation), changes within species (anagenesis), and loss of species (extinction) throughout the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Morphological and biochemical traits are more similar among species that share a more recent common ancestor, and these traits can be used to reconstruct phylogenetic trees.Evolutionary biologists have continued to study various aspects of evolution by forming and testing hypotheses as well as constructing theories based on evidence from the field or laboratory and on data generated by the methods of mathematical and theoretical biology. Their discoveries have influenced not just the development of biology but numerous other scientific and industrial fields, including agriculture, medicine, and computer science.

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  1. evolutionary

    Evolutionary refers to the process of growth, development, or gradual change over time in line with the principles or theories of evolution. This could apply in many different contexts, including biology, technology, psychology or sociology, where systems, species or entities undergo transformation or adaptation to their environment following the principles of natural selection or survival of the fittest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evolutionaryadjective

    relating to evolution; as, evolutionary discussions

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'evolutionary' in Adjectives Frequency: #987

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of evolutionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of evolutionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of evolutionary in a Sentence

  1. Robin Dawson:

    Dinosaurs sit at an evolutionary point between birds, which are warm-blooded, and reptiles, which are cold-blooded, our results suggest that all major groups of dinosaurs had warmer body temperatures than their environment.

  2. Herman Pontzer:

    We think this is a really common evolutionary adaptation that all animals use to keep from outstripping their resources and to keep from starving. Your body is listening to your environment and setting an energy expenditure level it can maintain.

  3. Patricia Kramer:

    Neandertals are closely related to us with complex cultural adaptations much like those of modern humans, but their physical form is different from us in important ways, understanding their adaptations allows us to understand our own evolutionary path better.

  4. Robert Spengler:

    Some of them may have been rapidly domesticated by humans simply moving them or transporting them [along trade routes such as the silk road] from the Caucasus all the way to East Asia, so, its possible that humans were stillinflicting evolutionary changeson these plants without actually intensively cultivating them.

  5. Professor Auke Ijspeert:

    It's a key animal from an evolutionary point of view, it's older than crocodiles and dinosaurs; it's an amphibian. So if you look at the modern salamander, its morphology and body shape is very close to the fossils of the first terrestrial vertebrates. So by studying the modern salamander we have a time window to the ancestors of all terrestrial vertebrates, including humans.

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