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Derived Character State

  • Definition: Condition of a taxonomic character inferred by cladistic analysis to have arisen within a taxon being examined cladistically rather than having been inherited from the most recent common ancestor of all members of the taxon.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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