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Paraphyletic vs. Polyphyletic

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Paraphyleticadjective

(systematics) Of a defined group of taxa, not including all descendants of the common ancestor of all members.

Polyphyleticadjective

(taxonomy) Having multiple ancestral sources; referring to a taxon that does not contain the most recent common ancestor of its members.

Polyphyleticadjective

Pertaining to, or characterized by, descent from more than one root form, or from many different root forms; polygenetic; - opposed to monophyletic.

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