paraphyletic


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paraphyletic

(păr′ə-fī-lĕt′ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to a group of taxa that includes the common ancestor of all the members but not all descendants of that ancestor.

par′a·phy·let′i·cal·ly adv.
par′a·phy′ly (păr′ə-fī′lē, pə-răf′ə-lē) n.

paraphyletic

(evolutionary taxonomy) (of a group) having evolved from a single ancestral form but not including all the descendents.