Biology: what is a relict?

Self-tutoring about biology: the tutor mentions the term relict.

relict (noun): a population that was once included by a larger one, but has grown isolated due to changing conditions.

Changing climatic conditions can cause relicts, as can changing geography (collapse of a land bridge, for instance).


Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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