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  • Did gods, in their role as consolers and counsellors, evolve from binkers, by a sort of psychological 'paedomorphosis'?

    The God Delusion

  • Mutations in mice show that small genetic changes can affect the separation of the middle ear from the mandible by modifying the developmental timing of Meckel's cartilage, a process called paedomorphosis.

    A New Book

  • Likewise, chapter 5, "Juvenilization in Evolution and Its Ecological Significance", presents a good, brief explanation of paedomorphosis, the evolutionary process of the retaining of juvenile characteristics in adults, then veers off to a discussion of the replacement of forests with agricultural fields and unfortunately ends with a distorted view of nature conservation:

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • In a kind of reversal of the paedomorphosis hypothesis, the hallucinated gods disappeared from adult minds first, then were pulled back earlier and earlier into childhood, until today they survive only in the Binker or little purple man phenomenon.

    The God Delusion

  • If Neoceratodus is the most plesiomorphic species of living lungfishes, then lepidosirenid apomorphies may have arisen by paedomorphosis.

    Panderichthys rhombolepis - The Panda's Thumb

  • In species with a consistent female-biased SSD, paedomorphosis decreased the SSD level, but did not affect its direction.

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  • Our aim was to test whether an intrasexual polymorphism, facultative paedomorphosis (a process in which the development of somatic and gonadal tissues differs in alternative morphs), could affect SSD variation patterns in European newts.

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  • European newts express different SSD patterns depending on their developmental pathway (i.e., metamorphosis versus paedomorphosis), as well as their species and population.

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  • In species with moderate female-biased SSD or variable SSD patterns, paedomorphosis changed the magnitude, or both the magnitude and the direction, of SSD.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles


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  • paedomorphosis = retention of juvenile or larval characteristics in adults. See neoteny and neotenia.

    May 11, 2018