Evolutionary biology

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About Evolutionary biology

  • Journals in this discipline: Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • Subdiscipline of: Biology
  • Academic departments: UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology

Evolutionary biology is a sub-field of biology concerned with the study of the evolutionary processes that have given rise to the diversity of life on Earth. Someone who studies evolutionary biology is known as an evolutionary biologist; evolutionary biologists study the descent of species and the origin of new species. The study of evolution is the unifying concept in evolutionary biology. Evolutionary biology is a conceptual subfield of biology that intersects with other subfields that are delimited by organizational level (e.g. cell biology, population biology), taxonomic level (e.g. zoology, ornithology, herpetology) or angle of approach (e.g. field biology, theoretical biology, experimental evolution, paleontology). Usually, these intersections are combined into specific fields such as evolutionary ecology and evolutionary developmental biology. Evolutionary biology as an academic discipline in its own right emerged as a result of the modern evolutionary synthesis in the 1930s and 1940s. It was not until the 1970s and 1980s, however, that a significant number of universities had departments that specifically included the term evolutionary biology in their titles. In the United

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