neoteny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n neoteny an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n neoteny In biology: The reversion of a phylum to a modified embryonic condition.
    • n neoteny The retention by an organism of larval or juvenile characters beyond the time characteristic of other members of the group to which it belongs. This may be partial, as in the case of some toads and frogs, whose young pass the winter in the tadpole condition, or total, as in some salamanders that retain their external gills when adult. Also neotenia.
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Usage

In literature:

We have warrant for this possibility in the case of the Axolotl and in other similar cases of neoteny.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
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In news:

Ltd, the Singapore-based startup behind the highly impressive food app for iPhone, has just obtained its first major funding of US$ 500 ,000, led by Neoteny Labs along with QuestVC.
Ltd, the Singapore-based startup behind the highly impressive food app for iPhone, has just obtained its first major funding of US$500,000, led by Neoteny Labs along with QuestVC.
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In science:

Heterochrony in human evolution: the case for neoteny reconsidered.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
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