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metaevolution

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EtymologyEdit

From meta- +‎ evolution.

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metaevolution (usually uncountable, plural metaevolutions)

  1. (philosophy, biology) The evolution of the elements of evolutionary systems.
    • 1980, Erich Jantsch, "Ethics and Evolution," The North American Review, vol. 265, no. 3, p. 16:
      More recently, however, it has become increasingly realized that symbiosis is at the core of the evolution of evolutionary levels and mechanisms—of a metaevolution—in the microevolution of life.
    • 2004, Elías Palti, "The ‘Return of the Subject’ as a Historico-Intellectual Problem," History and Theory, vol. 43, no. 1, p. 76, note 53:
      The notion of event is also associated with that of metaevolution in biology (the evolution of the evolutionary processes themselves).