common ancestor

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common ancestor (plural common ancestors)

  1. An ancestor that two or more descendants have in common.
    The monarchs of Spain and the UK have a common ancestor namely Queen Victoria.
    The chimpanzee and the gorilla have a common ancestor.
    The theory of evolution states that all life on Earth has a common ancestor.

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