Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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1. any variable feature or property of an organism that can be used for comparative purposes; aka characteristic.

2. observable feature of a developing or fully developed individual, such as a tooth cusp, a molecular sequence, a rate of metabolism, or a psychometric attribute. In genetics, characters influenced by only one gene are called oligogenic traits; those influenced by two or more are called polygenic characters. Aka morph, trait, phene.

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