What is synapomorphy?

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Feb 11, 2017

Synapomorphy is a shared derived character or trait that distinguishes a clade from other organisms.


Synapomorphy refers to a derived characteristic of a clade. The concept of synapomorphy is relative to a clade in the tree of life.

In phylogeny , a derived character of a clade that has been inherited from a common ancestor and distinguishes the clade from other potentially related organisms is called synapomorphy.