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saltatory evolution

saltatory evolution in Medicine

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.

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  • In most cases of “saltatory evolution,” the suddenness is in appearance only.

    The Arena Various
  • He believed in saltatory evolution, in polyphyletic descent, and in the greater plasticity of the organism in earlier times.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

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