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Variant of pedomorphosis2.

pae′do·mor′phism n.
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(Biology) the continuation of juvenile characteristics in the adult stage
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or pae•do•mor•phism

(ˌpi dəˈmɔr fɪz əm)

the retention by an adult organism of a juvenile or larval form.
pe`do•mor′phic, adj.
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Sanz et al., "Snake venomics and antivenomics of Bothrops atrox venoms from Colombia and the Amazon regions of Brazil, Peruo and Ecuador suggest the occurrence of geographic variation of venom phenotype by a trend towards paedomorphism," Journal of Proteomics, vol.
Perez et al., "Snake population venomics and antivenomics of Bothrops atrox: paedomorphism along its transamazonian dispersal and implications of geographic venom variability on snakebite management," Journal of Proteomics, vol.
The extremely stenobasal shape of branchial plates, characteristic of the juvenile stage of development in many Psammosteus species (Obruchev & Mark-Kurik 2016), is retained in some species of Psammosteus in the adult stage (paedomorphism).
As Lucy Bland explains: "Women, 'lower races' and children" were thought to share a "lack of willpower, emotionality, dependence, imitativeness, and little capacity for abstract thought." (7) Darwin's groundbreaking discoveries in The Origin of the Species (1859) justified the watchful eye of the white British man under the auspices of empire, for civilization, defined as "white, masculine and adult," needed protection from "its antithesis"--the "primitive, female and childlike." (8) Laura Doyle explains that an alternative term for Darwin's scientific racism is paedomorphism, which "aligned all women with the 'lower races' by suggesting that both embodied the childhood of humanity," evolutionary-speaking.