diphyletic


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di·phy·let·ic

 (dī′fī-lĕt′ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to a group of organisms containing taxa descended from two different ancestral lines.

diphyletic

(ˌdaɪfaɪˈlɛtɪk)
adj
(Biology) relating to or characterized by descent from two ancestral groups of animals or plants

di•phy•let•ic

(ˌdaɪ faɪˈlɛt ɪk)

adj.
of or pertaining to a taxonomic group of organisms derived from two separate ancestral lines.
[1900–05]
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The apparent independence of the two Triassic lineages has led to the suggestion that the two oyster families might be diphyletic (Stenzel 1971).
diphyletic) lineages within eastern and southern Africa.
A phylogenetic analysis based on nucleotide sequence of a marker linked to the Brittle Rachis Locus indicates a diphyletic origin of barley.