- Also called orthoselection. evolution of a species proceeding by continuous structural changes in a single lineage without presenting a branching pattern of descent.
- a theory that the evolution of a species in a continuous, nonbranching manner is due to a predetermined series of alterations intrinsic to the species and not subject to natural selection.
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Example sentences from the Web for orthogenesis
Eimer, of Germany, has based on facts like these his theory of Orthogenesis.
This theory of Orthogenesis has not figured very strongly in the history of the movement, but it recurs at intervals.
What is the third objection to Darwinism, and what is the bearing upon it of the theory of Orthogenesis?
The same can be said of any one of the teological theories, including the orthogenesis of post-Darwinian writers.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
British Dictionary definitions for orthogenesis
- evolution of a group of organisms predetermined to occur in a particular direction
- the theory that proposes such a development