Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Progressive Evolution

Putative model of evolution that occurs in a straight line, presumably toward some preordained goal, an idea not commonly supported by modern evolutionary biologists; evolution toward increased independence from and control over the environment. Aka orthogenesis, rectilinear evolution.

See Omega, synergism hypothesis, and organic selection theory.

Cf. sympodial.

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