from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Large-scale evolution occurring over geologic time that results in the formation of new taxonomic groups.
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- n. Large-scale patterns or processes in the history of life, including the origins of novel organism designs, evolutionary trends, adaptive radiations and extinctions.
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- n. evolution on a large scale extending over geologic era and resulting in the formation of new taxonomic groups
One of the questions that came up was about the claim that the term macroevolution is not a legitimate scientific term.
The opposite position to Gould's is the one taken by Simon Conway Morris, who has argued that there is so little "accidental-ness" and historical contingency in macroevolution that we would still appear near the end of each run, regardless of what environmental changes occurred in each run.
More response for Mung on that quote – the evidence for common descent and macroevolution is vast, across an enormous amount of data.
Talkorigins 'evidence for macroevolution' is a red herring.
So the claim that macroevolution is possible is unfalsifiable?
Certainly Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis do not use the term, and specifically recommend against using the terms macroevolution and microevolution on these grounds, so I expect they would say the same about
"1) There still seems to be confusion of the questions (a) whether macroevolution is possible with (b) whether or not it's actually taken place."
† When the word “evolution” is used in this book, it always refers to macroevolution and with it the notion that life, and ultimately the whole universe, came into being by itself and evolved further by itself, without interference of God.
Don't call macroevolution a fact when it is very much still a theory. bobdevo
The general study of evolution at species levels (and higher) is termed macroevolution and often requires long (generational) time periods to notice any change.
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