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Explanations of various scientific terms frequently used in evolutionary research.

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Humans are creative and invent their own language to simplify communication. Scientists are no exception, only that the language they speak can be so difficult to understand that it can easily make you give up all attempts to understand them. This does not have to be so. If you encounter special vocabulary in the context of evolution, then the following growing glossary shall help you to understand.

If you encounter words that are not explained here, please contact us. We will try our best to find an easy explanation that we will include here, so these pages are set to grow.


Muller's ratchet
Transposable Element

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