neotony


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the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species

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Agreed it's not neotony 'the retention in adults of juvenile characteristics.
For example, feminized traits might be attractive because of their neotony (female faces are more similar to baby faces than are male faces), which triggers positive affective responses (Zebrowita, 1997).
Behavioral scientists have suggested that in some species, parental care is inspired by neotony -- the retention of immature features by juveniles.