phylogeny definition

  • noun:
    • The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms. Also referred to as phylogenesis.
    • The evolutionary development of an organ or other part of an organism: the phylogeny of amphibian intestinal tract.
    • The historic growth of a tribe or racial group.
    • The evolutionary history of an organism.
    • A phylogenetic drawing.
    • The historic development of a human personal or racial group
    • That part of biology which tries to deduce the ancestral history of an animal or a plant from its ontogeny or specific developmental metamorphoses; tribal record: opposed to ontogeny, or perhaps the origin and development of individual organisms. Additionally phylogenesis.
    • (biology) the series of activities mixed up in evolutionary growth of a species or taxonomic group of organisms

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