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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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Morphological phylogeny of alpheid shrimps: parallel preadaptation and the origin of a key morphological innovation, the snapping claw.
Lederhendler argues that cultural preadaptation arguments greatly understate the economic and cultural difficulties the immigrants faced.
With the dominance of rice and high levels of preadaptation to floods, there is little that can be done to build flood resilience through adjustments in cropping patterns and farming practices.
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A special preadaptation for migration is parthenogenesis within D.
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Spittlebug nymphs (Homoptera: Cercopidae) in Heliconia flowers (Zingiberales: Heliconiaceae): Preadaptation and evolution of the first aquatic Homoptera.
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Preadaptation involves a culture that already possesses necessary cultural traits to allow successful occupation of a new environment prior to movement to that environment; groups with these characteristics have a competitive advantage.