emergent evolution


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e·mer·gent ev·o·lu·tion

appearance of a property in a complex system for example, organism that could have been predicted only with difficulty, or perhaps not at all, from a knowledge and understanding of the individual genotype changes taken separately.

emergent evolution

the theory that evolution occurs in a series of major changes at certain critical stages and results from the total rearrangement of existing elements so that completely new and unpredictable characteristics appear within the species. See also saltatory evolution.

e·mer·gent ev·o·lu·tion

(ē-mĕrjĕnt ev-ŏ-lūshŭn)
Appearance of a property in a complex system e.g., organism that could have been predicted only with difficulty, or perhaps not at all, from a knowledge and understanding of the individual genotype changes taken separately.