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preadaptation

(prē′ăd-ăp-tā′shən, -əp-)
n.
1. A characteristic of an ancestral species or population that serves an adaptive though different function in a descendant species or population.
2. The ability of a characteristic to assume a new biological function without evolutionary modification.

preadaptation

the possession by an organism of characteristics that permit a move into a new NICHE or habitat.
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The new Regulation will include an additional ISO (International Standards Organisation) control method for tests on surfactants which for reasons of low water solubility cannot be effectively tested by any of the other pre-adaptation methods.
All participants began with a pre-adaptation rating phase, where 110 test bodies (11 distortions of 10 bodies) were presented sequentially on a computer screen in random order, and rated on either attractiveness or normality.
Radio, electric lights, planes, trains, game laws, Federal Government relief, the Anglican-Catholic battles--cumulatively constitute pre-adaptation to much more extensive Government interventions.
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Regardless of the ultimate selective basis of neighbor tolerance in cicada killer wasps, finding that neighbors are kin would suggest that the capacity for nepotism can evolve in a solitary species and thus that such an ability may have been a key pre-adaptation for the evolution of cooperative nesting among kin.