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  1. plural of exaptation
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On the other hand, Gould claims that our species-specific traits are more likely exaptations.
Thanks to you, O Reader, I now know that evolved elements pressed into service in some other context are exaptations.
An area of current investigation in evolutionary developmental biology is the developmental basis of adaptations and exaptations.
Do biochemical exaptations link evolution of plant defense and pollination systems?
Their usual response is to say that it's minor, just a gloss, exaptations are rare, they're just nooks and crannies, they're not important.

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