Definition of preadaptation
- This principle of evolution is sometimes called preadaptation. There's no foresight involved, though—simply the lucky coincidence that a feature that evolved to do one thing may turn out later to do another thing even better.
- —Carl Zimmer
preadaptedplay \ˌprē-ə-ˈdap-təd\ adjective
- One hypothesis is that hot-blooded dinosaurs were clothed with feathers for insulation and were therefore preadapted for flight.
- —Alan Feduccia
preadaptiveplay \ˌprē-ə-ˈdap-tiv\ adjective
- preadaptive structures