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What is the difference between neoteny and post development?

  1. Dec 8, 2011 #1
    what is the difference between neoteny and post development

    according to my lecture
    neoteny = early maturation of gonads in larva that then stops growing and never becomes an adult

    post development = onset of a developmental process is delayed relative to reproductive maturation

    ...they sound like the same thing...are they the same thing or is there a difference. i have done a google search on this, but cant seem to find any results. any help towards clarification would be appreciated. thanks1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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  3. Dec 8, 2011 #2

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    Well, I'm no biologist but based on what you wrote, the definition of "neotany" includes "then stops growing and never becomes an adult" which "post development" does not - it implies eventual development.
     
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