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cladogenesis

[klad-uh-jen-uh-sis, kley-duh-]
noun Biology.
  1. evolutionary change by the branching off of new species from common ancestral types.
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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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