Definition of pseudoextinction in English:


Syllabification: pseu·do·ex·tinc·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞odōikˈstiNG(k)SH(ə)n


The apparent extinction of a group of organisms with the survival of modified descendant forms.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of pseudoextinction in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…