Jordan's law


Definition of Jordan's law

  1. :  a generalization in evolutionary biology: closely related organisms tend to occupy adjacent rather than identical or distant ranges

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Origin and Etymology of jordan's law

after David S. Jordan †1931 American naturalist

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to criticize severely

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