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adaptive radiation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Diversification of a species or single ancestral type into several forms that are each adaptively specialized to a specific environmental niche.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Palaeontology) the evolutionary generation of multiple specialized life forms from one ancestral form, evidenced in the fossil record. The inverse of extinction.

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  • noun biology the diversification of species into separate forms that each adapt to occupy a specific environmental niche

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the development of many different forms from an originally homogeneous group of organisms as they fill different ecological niches


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