Definition of phyletic in English:

phyletic

Line breaks: phy|let¦ic
Pronunciation: /fʌɪˈlɛtɪk
 
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adjective

Biology
  • Relating to or denoting the evolutionary development of a species or other group: phyletic gradualism
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    • Thus, whereas the initial evolution of potential radial folds may have been allopatric, in this case there must have been substantial phyletic evolution following speciation that affected the global population.
    • Stanley's complaint is about the inadequacy of phyletic gradualism to account for the known facts of paleontology and the superiority of punctuated equilibria as an explanation for those facts.
    • Colored lines connect histidine kinase and response regulator proteins belonging to the same signaling pathway or species phyletic cluster.

Derivatives

phyletically

adverb
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  • Conceptually, then, phyletically independent achievement of the mammalian configuration of the jaw and middle ear was accepted with little issue.
  • Approximately 1340 described marine gammaridean species are classified phyletically in the current CNAI list of amphipod crustaceans of North America.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek phuletikos, from phuletēs 'tribesman', from phulē 'tribe'.

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