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preaptationpreaptation (fr.); Präaptation (ger.)

  • A trait that possibly obtains a new function that is different from the function it was selected for in the past.
    The term "preadaptation" should be dropped in favor of "preaptation." Preaptations are potential, but unrealized, exaptations
    Gould, S.J. & Vrba, E.S. (1982). Exaptation – a missing term in the science of form. Paleobiol. 8, 4-15: 11.