Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Similarity of stratigraphic arrangement and fossils in noncontemporaneous or widely separated geologic deposits.

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  • n. similarity in arrangement of parts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Similarly in arrangement of parts; -- the opposite of heterotaxy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A term introduced into geology by Huxley, to express the idea of similarity of arrangement or of order in the fossiliferous deposits of various regions, while not necessarily including that of contemporaneity in the same: opposed to heterotaxis.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek the same + arrangement. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the moment the geologist has to deal with large areas, or with completely separated deposits, the mischief of confounding that “homotaxis” or “similarity of arrangement,” which ‘can’ be demonstrated, with

    Essays

  • In anatomy, where such correspondence of position has constantly to be spoken of, it is denoted by the word “homology” and its derivatives; and for Geology (which after all is only the anatomy and physiology of the earth) it might be well to invent some single word, such as “homotaxis” (similarity of order), in order to express an essentially similar idea.

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  • Even the Scotland series probably belongs to the Tertiary system, but owing to the want of characteristic fossils, it is impossible to determine with any degree of certainty the precise homotaxis of the several formations.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • In anatomy, where such correspondence of position has constantly to be spoken of, it is denoted by the word "homology" and its derivatives; and for Geology (which after all is only the anatomy and physiology of the earth) it might be well to invent some single word, such as "homotaxis"

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