What is a preadaptation?

What is a preadaptation? Here are some definitions.

  1. (biology) An adaptation that evolved in an ancestral population, in which it served a different function
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The model could be extended to cover factors such as the level of preadaptation by studying their effect on the parameter.
Also they saw this as a contribution to the solution of the problem of preadaptation.
Nothing is more wonderful in history than the unmistakable signs and proofs of preadaptation.
Evolutionary Preadaptation and Cultural Development of Fiction.
If one changes between different function and effect it becomes meaningless to claim that the former was a preadaptation to the latter.
The authors speculate that the fusion of polar bodies in the RKK might be a preadaptation to automictic parthenogenesis through central fusion.

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