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An '''evolutionary radiation''' is an increase in [[Taxonomy (biology)|taxonomic]] diversity or [[morphology (biology)|morphological]] disparity, due to [[adaptation|adaptive]] change or the opening of [[ecospace]].<ref name=Wesley-Hunt2005>{{cite doi|10.1666.2F0094-8373.282005.29031.3C0035:TMDOCI.3E2.0.CO.3B2}}</ref> Radiations may affect one [[clade]] or many, and be rapid or gradual; where they are rapid, and driven by a single lineage's adaptation to their environment, they are termed [[adaptive radiation]]s.<ref name=Schluter2000>{{cite book
| author = Schluter, D.
| publisher = Oxford University Press
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}}</ref> [[Anolis ecomorph|Caribbean anoline lizards]] are a particularly interesting example of an adaptive radiation.<ref>[http://www87.homepage.villanova.edu/todd.jackman/anolis/parallel.html ''Parallel Adaptive Radiations - Caribbean Anoline Lizards.''] Tood Jackman. Villanova University. Retrieved 10 September 2013.</ref>
 
==Examples of evolutionary radiation==