cladogenesis

[ klad-uh-jen-uh-sis, kley-duh- ]
/ ˌklæd əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌkleɪ də- /

noun Biology.

evolutionary change by the branching off of new species from common ancestral types.

Origin of cladogenesis

1950–55; < German Kladogenese; see clado-, -genesis
Related formsclad·o·ge·net·ic [klad-oh-juh-net-ik, kley-doh-] /ˌklæd oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, ˌkleɪ doʊ-/, adjectiveclad·o·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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