Paedomorphism - definition of paedomorphism by The Free Dictionary
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(Biology) the continuation of juvenile characteristics in the adult stage
or pae•do•mor•phism (ˌpi dəˈmɔr fɪz əm)
the retention by an adult organism of a juvenile or larval form.
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This conclusion was based on the observation that incidences of paedomorphism
cause the comparison of external and osteologicai features of salamanders to be difficult, as confirmed by Wiens et al.
Some of the character states in Notocheirus (including lack of first dorsal, mesethmoid, first epibranchial and epural) could be interpreted as paedomorphism