Cousin - Alternative Definitions - Usage For Extremely Distant Relations

Usage For Extremely Distant Relations

Although use of the word "cousin" in this context is infrequent (especially outside of evolutionary literature), any two individual organisms regardless of their respective species (or any other level of taxonomy) are in fact very distant cousins by virtue of shared descent from a single cell whose descendants survived beyond the Paleoarchean Era.

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