neoteny neoteny  /ni ˈɑ tə ni/


  • (n) an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species


  1. Our fondness for neoteny is both obvious most people find other people with youthful features to be attractive and unsettling.
  2. Our species wouldn't survive if we weren't suckers for what's called neoteny--features like large eyes, an oversize head and a gumdrop nose that signal babyness.

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  • "Dinosaurs, like birds and many mammals, retain neoteny, that is, they retain their juvenile characteristics for a long period of growth," Horner said, "which is a strong indicator that they were very social animals, grouping in flocks or...
    on Oct 30, 2009 By: Jack Horner Source: Science Daily (press release)

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