Definition of pseudoextinction in English:


Line breaks: pseudo|extinc¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsjuːdəʊɪkˈstɪŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] Palaeontology
  • The apparent extinction of a group of organisms of which modified descendant forms survive.
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    • The nature of mass extinctions in particular has been distorted by a combination of post-extinction sampling bias and associated pseudoextinction of paraphyletic groups.
    • For the purpose of calculating community similarity, species that are part of possible phyletic sequences were synonymized to correct for pseudoextinction.
    • The subsequent extinction of the family may be a pseudoextinction, because the Palaeoxanthopsidae may have given rise to many of the extant lineages comprising the Xanthoidea.

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