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  • adj. Of, relating to, or resulting from the retention of juvenile characteristics by an adult.


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paedo- + -morphic


  • Some scientists have speculated that bonobos are "paedomorphic" which is to say that they retain infantile or youthful traits into adulthood.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • So we're bringing it all back to the "paedomorphic characteristics" desired in women by males, which unless you need me to spell that out for you, is disturbing.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Apparently, most small breeds are paedomorphic with respect to certain morphologic characters.

    "Intraspecific macroevolution" within domestic dog breeds - The Panda's Thumb

  • Humans are also believed by some to be paedomorphic.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • There is a consistent ratio of paedomorphic to metamorphic specimens through the entire 3000 years, demonstrating that not all life history characteristics of the population were significantly altered by changes in climate on this timescale.

    Allen and the "Cool" Medieval Pacific « Climate Audit

  • Terrestrial adults were much larger than the paedomorphic individuals, Hadly told Discovery News.

    Goosse et al 2006 and the MWP « Climate Audit

  • We found a significant difference in body size index between paedomorphic and metamorphic individuals during the time interval dominated by the Medieval Warm Period.

    Allen and the "Cool" Medieval Pacific « Climate Audit

  • Our inability to examine the neural characters of a relevant outgroup rhipidistians may result in many sarcopterygian plesiomorphic characters being interpreted as apomorphic characters, due to the wide distribution of paedomorphic characters among living sarcopterygians and their possible resemblance to plesiomorphic characters present in living outgroups that can be examined.

    Panderichthys rhombolepis - The Panda's Thumb

  • Modulation of the complex ambystomatid life cycle allows this species to survive in unpredictable environments, but current trends towards rapid pond drying will promote metamorphosis at smaller sizes and could eliminate the paedomorphic phenotype from this region.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • We report here the first evidence that SSD varies depending on the paedomorphic or metamorphic ontogenetic pathway.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles


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