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 (măk′rō-ĕv′ə-lo͞o′shən, -ē′və-)
Large-scale evolution occurring over a very long period time that results in the formation of new species and higher-level taxonomic groups.

mac′ro·ev′o·lu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.


(Biology) biology the evolution of large taxonomic groups such as genera and families
ˌmacroˌevoˈlutionary adj


(ˌmæk roʊˌɛv əˈlu ʃən; esp. Brit. -ˌi və-)

major evolutionary change of species and taxa.
mac`ro•ev`o•lu′tion•ar′y, adj.
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Noun1.macroevolution - evolution on a large scale extending over geologic era and resulting in the formation of new taxonomic groupsmacroevolution - evolution on a large scale extending over geologic era and resulting in the formation of new taxonomic groups
organic evolution, phylogenesis, phylogeny, evolution - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
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The problem with macroevolution is that you can't set up an experiment to prove it.
Richard Goldschmidt (1878-1958) in 1940 has coined the terms of macroevolution, which means evolution from a long timespan (geological) perspective, andmicroevolution, which means evolution from a small timespan (a few generations) perspective with observable changes [1].
However, this situation changed in the mid-1970s when two major advances contributed to a more complex evolutionary theory that could explain both micro-and macroevolution, namely DNA sequencing and developmental genetics (p.
He did not produce said evidence, but instead used the red-herring claim (often used by intelligent design/creationists) that there is no evidence for macroevolution.
Macroevolution in microchiropteran: recoupling morphology and ecology with phylogeny.
Hunter JP (1998) Key innovations and the ecology of macroevolution.
Coral Faunas Across the Ordovician-Silurian Transition of South China: Implications on Paleobiogeography and Macroevolution.
Adam, the genealogical father of humanity, the first of creation, and a prophet of God, is created ex nihilo, miraculously from dust, and not reenvisioned in light of Darwinian macroevolution (see commentary on Q 2:30-37; 3:59, and others).
It covers basic principles in separate chapters: evolution, natural selection, adaptation, competition, basic genetics and mutations, gene transfer, neutral evolution, genetic drift, environment, development, symbiosis, speciation, micro- and macroevolution, homology, imperfection, the fossil record, contingency, opportunity, phylogeny, and questions of progress and purpose in evolution.
Hans Larsson, Canada Research Chair in Macroevolution at McGill University and an associate professor at the Redpath Museum, explained that many of the changes that were observed in these fish matched the fossil records.
A number of well-understood mechanisms, including single gene mutations, produce changes that qualify as macroevolution.