theory of evolution

Definitions of theory of evolution

n (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals

evolutionism, theory of organic evolution
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a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection
a theory of organic evolution claiming that acquired characteristics are transmitted to offspring
punctuated equilibrium, theory of punctuated equilibrium
a theory of evolution holding that evolutionary change in the fossil record came in fits and starts rather than in a steady process of slow change
a modern Darwinian theory that explains new species in terms of genetic mutations
a modern Lamarckian theory emphasizing the importance of environmental factors in genetic changes and retaining the notion of the inheritance of acquired characters
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a theory that explains scientific observations

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