Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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1. a kind, class, or group distinguished by a particular key or set of key characteristics; cf. archetype.

2. in systematics, the single specimen that serves as the basis for the name of a taxon.

See type specimen, holotype.

3. location, the type locality, where a holotype was found.

4. one of a noncontinuous series, as in genotype; albinism, type II; or type 1 error.

5. commonly appended as a suffix (-type) in all senses (1-4).

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