paedomorphism


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pae·do·mor·pho·sis

 (pē′də-môr′fə-sĭs)
n.
Variant of pedomorphosis2.

pae′do·mor′phism n.

paedomorphism

(ˌpiːdəʊˈmɔːfɪzəm)
n
(Biology) the continuation of juvenile characteristics in the adult stage

pe•do•mor•phism

or pae•do•mor•phism

(ˌpi dəˈmɔr fɪz əm)

n.
the retention by an adult organism of a juvenile or larval form.
[1890–95]
pe`do•mor′phic, adj.
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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 (eg.