paedomorphic

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From paedo- +‎ -morphic.

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paedomorphic (comparative more paedomorphic, superlative most paedomorphic)

  1. Of, relating to, or resulting from the retention of juvenile characteristics by an adult. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 744:
      Based on pedomorphic changes in the fossils of Paleolithic humans, Wrangham has suggested that a similar process has been taking place in human evolution during the past thirty to fifty thousand years, and may still be taking place.

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