[ UK /sɒltˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
  1. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  2. (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
  3. taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
  4. (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
  5. an abrupt transition
    a successful leap from college to the major leagues
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How To Use saltation In A Sentence

  • In a phylogenetic dendrogram, branches and twigs here and there show saltations into a new grade.
  • If you are using "saltation" in its commonly understood meaning (with Goldschmidt as its premier proponent), I don't think you will find any current evolutionary biologist allowing it as a possibility. Common Descent & Common Design – An Unexpected Outcome
  • He describes saltationism, which is what I think Alan is referring to, extremely exaggerates the evolutionary role of saltations, considering these to be the main factor of speciation and macroevolution. Common Descent & Common Design – An Unexpected Outcome
  • Atreya then went on to show that substantially greater quantities of H2O2 can be produced by triboelectric fields in dust devils and dust storms and through saltation.
  • In particular, where Darwin had seen evolution and a slow, gradual, continuous process, Huxley thought that an evolving lineage might make rapid jumps, or saltations.
  • His intriguing take on evolution proposed that the apparent saltation of the fossil record actually reflected saltatory events.
  • A "monkeys & typewriters" program would simply guess strings independently until it got a match, which would take a very long time; such a "monkeys" program could be regarded as a model of saltationism, but not selective evolution. The Weasel Thread
  • He gave examples of new races formed in sudden jumps or saltations to illustrate that ‘the evolution of organisms may… be a much more rapid process than Darwin believes.’
  • I think Michael Denton's insight is correct, that Darwin refused to admit the real possibility of saltatory modes of evolutionary change because Darwin identified saltations with miracles. Courting the Theists
  • The author rejects saltationism as normally construed. Common Descent & Common Design – An Unexpected Outcome
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