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Re: flowering 'juvenilies'

> So, what you are saying is, paedomorphosis is when an adult looks or acts
> like a juvenile, while neoteny is when a juvenile is capable of reproducing?

Yes and no. Neoteny is the *process* of retardation of  somatic maturation
relative to sexual maturation, whereas paedomorphosis is the *possession* of
juvenile traits in an adult.

> So, in human terms, certain males of our species are behaviorally
> paedomorphic, while teenage mothers are cases of neoteny.

Yes and no. Teenage mothers are not cases of neoteny, because they are
morphological adults. Furthermore, in both neoteny and peademorphosis, juvenile
traits are retained throughout the organism's life.

> Jason Hernandez
> Naturalist-at-Large

Does this help?

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