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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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However, the roots of co-phylogenetic complexity lie at the interface of micro- and macroevolutionary history, which is most appropriately examined using phylogeographic tools (Riddle & Hafner 2004).
Key innovations, convergence, and success: Macroevolutionary lessons from plant phylogeny.
2014) first reviewed the tabulate occurrences in South China through this critical interval and briefly summarized its general macroevolutionary pattern across the Ordovician-Silurian boundary.