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- noun Diversification of a species or single ancestral type into several forms that are each adaptively specialized to a specific environmental niche.
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- noun (Palaeontology) the evolutionary generation of multiple specialized life forms from one ancestral form, evidenced in the fossil record. The inverse of
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- noun biology the
diversificationof speciesinto separate formsthat each adaptto occupy a specific environmental niche
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- noun the development of many different forms from an originally homogeneous group of organisms as they fill different ecological niches
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