autapomorphy

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autapomorphy

(ô-tăp′ə-môr′fē)
n. pl. autapomor·phies
An evolved character or trait that is unique to a single species or group within a larger phylogenetic group. Speech is an autapomorphy of humans among primates.

au·tap′o·mor′phic adj.
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