Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the evolutionary descent and development of a species or group of organisms; phylogenetic.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to phylogeny; phylogenetic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a race or tribe.
  • In biology, pertaining to a phylum of the animal kingdom, or to the construction of phyla; phylogenetic.
  • In botany, relating to the divisions of the vegetable kingdom viewed genetically; phylogenetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the evolutionary development of organisms

Etymologies

From Greek phūletikos, of or for a tribesman, from phūletēs, tribesman, from phūlē, tribe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This is both a phyletic tree and a nested hierarchy.

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  • Caling the ongoing “evolutionary” history of Intelligent Design cretinism a version of “punctuated equilibria” does a grave disservice to the mendacious proponents of ID, and especially, to invertebrate paleobiologists Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, whose 1972 paper in which they offered punctuated equilibrium as an alternative to phyletic gradualism still remains an important classic in the scientific literature of evolutionary biology.

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  • Remember that creationists were the original critics of phyletic gradualism although, alas, modern creationists tend to miss the fact phyletic gradualism has been dead for forty years, if it ever existed at all.

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  • Writing over a decade ago, UCLA biologists Laura Maley and Charles Marshall noted how genetic sequence comparisons carried out between different animal phyletic groups can lead to significantly different interpretations of evolutionary relationships depending on which species is chosen to represent each group (Ref 1).

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  • UCLA biologists Laura Maley and Charles Marshall noted how genetic sequence comparisons carried out between different animal phyletic groups can lead to significantly different interpretations of evolutionary relationships depending on which species is chosen to represent each group.

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  • From the article: phyletic groups evolutionary relationships evolutionary tree evolutionary ancestors common ancestor common natural ancestor

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  • Deyes: UCLA biologists Laura Maley and Charles Marshall noted how genetic sequence comparisons carried out between different animal phyletic groups can lead to significantly different interpretations of evolutionary relationships depending on which species is chosen to represent each group.

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  • And here, too, those who resist Gould's attempt to sound so revolutionary as to be contrary to Darwin's phyletic gradualism note that it is only on a geological time scale that such developments as the Cambrian explosion appear to be episodic.

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  • Invertebrate stocks that colonized Ascension underwent a variety of evolutionary changes including phyletic evolution leading to endemic status, adaptation to subterranean life (Araneae, Pseudoscorpiones, Collembola, and Psocoptera), character release (phorid Diptera), and probably splitting of lineages (speciation) within the island (Isopoda, Collembola, and gryllid Orthoptera).

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  • Meyer asserts that the Cambrian explosion represented an actual sudden origin of higher taxa; that these taxa such as phyla are “real” and not an artifact of human retrospective classification; and that morphological disparity coincides with phyletic categories.

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