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GLOSSARY
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Heterochrony

A term for evolutionary variations in the timing rate of the appearance of bodily features and cognitive abilities in an organism or species.

Hippocampus

In the vertebrate brain, a tract of neural matter running back from the olfactory lobe to the posterior end of the cerebrum.

Holarchy

From Arthur Koestler and others, a nested scale or hierarchy composed of integrally whole components.

Holistic

A perspective that takes in and considers an entire scene or system all at once opposite and complement to reduction.

Hologram

An optical interference pattern illuminated by coherent laser light wherein each minute fraction contains the entire image.

Homeorrhesis

With reference to earth as Gaia, the self-regulation of this geobiosphere system around an evolving point by and for the benefit of the biota.

Homology

The presence of similar evolved, usually anatomical, characters which have descended from a common ancestor.

Homoplasy

The relationship of common characters which arise independently within a certain phylogenetic kingdom.

Hypercycle

A theory for the origin of self-replicating molecular systems which involve feedback loops by which they bootstrap themselves.