[pree-ad-uh p-tey-shuh n]
- a structure or property that developed in an ancestral stock and was useful in a descendant in a changed environment.
Origin of preadaptation
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Nothing is more wonderful in history than the unmistakable signs and proofs of preadaptation.George Muller of Bristol
Arthur T. Pierson
- biology the possession by a species or other group of characteristics that may favour survival in a changed environment, such as the limblike fins of crossopterygian fishes, which are preadaptation to terrestrial life