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I.1.4 Micro-evolution and Macro-evolution

Micro-evolution and Macro-evolution.

Characters Micro-evolution Macro-evolution
1. Level of change


2. Nature of evolving category



3. Examples

At the genetic level.


Variety or species.




Origin of different variety of domesticated animals.

On the ground scale of geological time.

Higher categories like Genus, Family, Order, Class or Phylum, so also called quantum evolution.


Evolution of different mammalian types from the common ancestral primitive insectivores by adaptive radiation.

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