Borrowed from German Phylogenie, coined by Ernst Haeckel in 1866, a neologism created as if borrowed from a Classic Greek word φυλογένεια (phulogéneia), composed from Ancient Greek φῦλον (phûlon, “tribe, genus, species”) + Ancient Greek -γένεια (-géneia, “-geny (generation, production)”).
- (systematics) The evolutionary history of groups of organisms, such as species or clades.
- 2022, Paul McAuley, Beyond the Burn Line, Gollancz, page 43:
- It was a bestiary more than a hundred years old, its entries organised by a quaintly outdated phylogeny and illustrated with hand-tinted plates.
- (systematics, informal) A phylogenetic diagram.
- The historical development of a human social or racial group.
- Understanding the phylogeny of this musical group helps us understand its music.
- The historical development of any thing, idea, etc.
- 2010, The Journey of Child Development, →ISBN:
- Indeed, in a recent review article, Mithen (2009) traces the phylogeny of human communication […]