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atavism

 [at´ah-vizm]
apparent inheritance of characters from remote ancestors. adj., adj atavis´tic.

at·a·vism

(at'ă-vizm),
The appearance in an individual of characteristics presumed to have been present in some remote ancestor; reversion to an earlier biologic type, a throwback.
[L. atavus, a remote ancestor]

atavism

(ăt′ə-vĭz′əm)
n.
1. The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
2. An individual or a part that exhibits atavism. Also called throwback.
3. The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.

at′a·vist n.
at′a·vis′tic adj.
at′a·vis′ti·cal·ly adv.
Any of a number of normally dormant traits—e.g., the presence in humans of multiple nipples, appearance of vestigial hind limbs in whales, or possibly hereditary hypertrichosis in humans

atavism

Any of a number of normally dormant traits–eg, the presence in humans of multiple nipples, appearance of vestigial hind limbs in whales, or possibly hereditary hypertrichosis in humans

at·a·vism

(at'ă-vizm)
The appearance in an individual of characteristics presumed to have been present in some remote ancestor; reversion to an earlier biologic type; a throwback.
[L. atavus, a remote ancestor]

atavism

The reappearance of a genetic characteristic after generations of absence. This may be caused by the coincidence of two recessive genes, by recombination, or by mutation. The organism or individual so produced is often called a ‘throwback’.

atavism

the recurrence of a characteristic possessed by an ancestor after an absence for several generations.
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"Cavemen Among Us: Genealogies of Atavism from Zola's La Bete humaine to Chabrol's Le Boucher." French Studies 62.1 (January 2008): 39-52.
At this step confusion between parallelism on one hand, and atavism, reversal, and pronatism on the other, is possible.
Indeed, Bordenave positioning Nana as a sexual object provokes the formation of a social aggregation closely associated with atavism in the late-nineteenth century: the crowd.3 While the connections between Zola's fiction and the work of Gustave Le Bon have long been established (see Matthews 1958, 109-113), the relationship between Nana and Le Bon's crowd theory has been noted only fleetingly.
Though Lombroso and Ferri were popular, atavism and the idea of the born criminal were widely rejected.
Developmental echanisms underlying the formation of atavisms. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, no.
Even having studied Launcelot's jocular psychoses in 2.2, I confess that I have not considered his parody of biblical scripture as Christian atavism (given his dialogue with both benevolent and demonic forces and his choice to follow the latter).
Erich (1962) reported a case of double nose and supported Lindsey's theory (1906) of the dichotomy by atavism or parallel evolution.
Focusing on Miau, Bell discusses the portrayal of characters in terms of animalization and atavism, showing how Galdos applies the principle of ontogenetic recapitulation.
Nor was the Revolution the work of urban militants overcoming the atavism of their rural peers.
Shopworn tropes from 1950's film: the great white hunter, the buxom damsel in distress, the unscrupulous impresario, unevolved races metaphorized as animal instinct correspond to settings similarly invested with transparent topological symbolism--the metropolis as a landscape of technological achievement, intricate patterns of social and economic integration, and the jungle as atavism, a riot of carnality and bloodlust.
Trinity United is an atavism of the 1960s, with all the ties anyone would care to find to Louis Farrakhan and Muammar Quadaffi.
Though at times Goulet hints at the larger ideological implications of the optical debates played out throughout the century--espe- cially in the chapter entitled 'Tropical Piercings: Nationalism, Atavism, and the Eye of the Corpse," where she treats the problem of nationalism and empire--the gender politics of the gaze make a short cameo appearance rather late in the book in the chapter concerning L' Eve future.