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Origin of evolution
SYNONYMS FOR evolution
historical usage of evolution
The earliest English meaning of evolution, “a movement or series of movements of troops or ships into battle formation,” dates from the early 17th century. The modern, biological sense “change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift,” first appears in 1832 in the works of British geologist Charles Lyell in a discussion of some invertebrate sea creatures.
Charles Darwin did not use the word evolution at all in his first edition of On the Origin of Species (1859), although he did use the verb evolved at the very end of the book. Darwin preferred descent with modification, because the idea of progress had no place in his theory or work. It was his contemporary Herbert Spencer who, embracing Darwin's work, popularized evolution in its biological sense and also extended the word into ethics, philosophy, and sociology.
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The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed|Melissa Leon|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The traditional wisdom is “action is character,” and their evolution is one, with a slight edge to character.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The evolution of style is oft studied but rarely understood in any comprehensive manner.
Darwin was a British Scientist who developed the theory of evolution and natural selection.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Reality TV has had an evolution,” Valerie says, addressing the camera proudly.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’|Kevin Fallon|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Religious thought, like all else, is subject to a law of evolution, and therefore passes through regular stages.Evolution|Joseph Le Conte
But more important to the historian of literature even than the development of qualities is the evolution of types.
This sonata marks the consummation of his evolution toward the acme of powerful expression.Edward MacDowell|Lawrence Gilman
The social evolution means the evolution of a strong social tissue; the best type is the type implied by the strongest tissue.
This uncertainty seems to indicate a certain superficiality in the ordinary empirical way of looking at evolution.On the Ethics of Naturalism|William Ritchie Sorley
British Dictionary definitions for evolution
Derived forms of evolutionevolutionary or evolutional, adjective
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A Closer Look
Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection assumed that tiny adaptations occur in organisms constantly over millions of years. Gradually, a new species develops that is distinct from its ancestors. In the 1970s, however, biologists Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould proposed that evolution by natural selection may not have been such a smooth and consistent process. Based on fossils from around the world that showed the abrupt appearance of new species, Eldredge and Gould suggested that evolution is better described through punctuated equilibrium. That is, for long periods of time species remain virtually unchanged, not even gradually adapting. They are in equilibrium, in balance with the environment. But when confronted with environmental challenges-sudden climate change, for example-organisms adapt quite quickly, perhaps in only a few thousand years. These active periods are punctuations, after which a new equilibrium exists and species remain stable until the next punctuation.
Cultural definitions for evolution
A theory first proposed in the nineteenth century by Charles Darwin, according to which the Earth's species have changed and diversified through time under the influence of natural selection. Life on Earth is thought to have evolved in three stages. First came chemical evolution, in which organic molecules (see also organic molecule) were formed. This was followed by the development of single cells capable of reproducing themselves. This stage led to the development of complex organisms capable of sexual reproduction. Evolution is generally accepted as fact by scientists today, although debates continue over the precise mechanisms involved in the process. (See mutation, punctuated equilibrium, and creation science.)