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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms.

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  • Understanding a phylogeny is a lot like reading a family tree.
  • A phylogeny is a nested hierarchy of descendant relationships and is closely allied to taxonomy.
  • Incidentally, exactly how microbiotheriids fit into marsupial phylogeny is a hotly debated topic that would require a post all its own.
  • Haeckel mean by his new term "phylogeny," which ought to cover the lines of descent in all organic beings? for more
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