Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Derived Trait, Character Or Feature

Any specialized morphological (or behavioral) character that departs from the condition found in the ancestors of a species or group of species; i.e. advanced, apomorphic. The large human brain is considered a derived trait relative to the last common ancestor of apes and humans.

Cf. ancestral and primitive.

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