saltatory evolution

n.

The theory that the evolution of a new species from an older one may occur as a large jump, such as a major repatterning of chromosomes, rather than by gradual accumulation of small steps or mutations.

Nearby words

  1. seirios,
  2. seise,
  3. seisin,
  4. seising,
  5. seism,
  6. seismic array,
  7. seismic gap,
  8. seismic sea wave,
  9. seismic wave,
  10. seismic waves


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