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What is adaptive radiation?

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Whilst this sounds like it might be from the domain of chemistry, this is actually a biological term, and relates to one aspect of evolutionary theory. Specifically, it is the formation of more than one species from a single ancestor, with each derivative species having specific adaptations to a different way of life. This will commonly occur when a change has taken place - e.g. an extinction or a migration of habitat, resulting in a 'gap' that can be filled.

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