Definition of macroevolution in English:



  • Major evolutionary change. The term applies mainly to the evolution of whole taxonomic groups over long periods of time.

    • ‘In antievolution literature, vertical change equates with macroevolution, or evolution above the species level.’
    • ‘In our science curriculum standards, we called this microevolution and macroevolution - changes within kinds and changing from one kind to another.’
    • ‘The next generation of advances in macroevolution and evolutionary paleoecology will not occur until a well-tested phylogenetic classification is established.’
    • ‘The creation science folks accept microevolution but not macroevolution.’
    • ‘Creationists are usually more careful about distinguishing between microevolution and macroevolution at this point.’