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- noun The theory that the evolution of life on earth typically follows a pattern in which long periods of little morphological change are punctuated by relatively short periods of significant change, when speciation occurs.
- noun Evolutionary development of this kind.
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- noun A
theoryof evolution holding that evolutionary change tends to be characterized by long periods of stability, or equilibrium, punctuated by episodes of very fast development.
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- noun 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
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