One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘This certainly appears to be the case in neotenic salamanders, for example.’
- ‘Sermonti therefore argues that neotenic organisms - in which juvenile traits persist into adulthood, e.g. gills in adult salamanders - must be archaic, because their features appear earlier in development.’
- ‘Direct-developing and normal biphasic frogs have slightly larger genomes, followed by biphasic, then direct-developing, and finally facultatively and then obligately neotenic salamanders.’
- ‘However, the young man can take advantage of the fact that older men are also of the generation before, who are less neotenic and look more like apes.’
- ‘Humans are neotenic apes, ostriches are neotenic birds; we retain useful infantile characteristics into adulthood.’
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