Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Variation

1. process of varying in condition, kind, or degree.

2. in morphology, the divergence of characters in a population not due to sexual dimorphism or ontogeny.

3. in anthropology, real or perceived differences that exist among individuals or populations. Anthropologists study both physical and cultural human variation.

See ethnicity and race.

Cf. coefficient of variation, interspecific variation, and intraspecific variation.

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