Archaeology & Evolution Glossary (K)

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K-Ar: Potassium-argon dating technique.

karstic caves: Caves formed in limestone by the action of water.

karyotype: A complete set of all the metaphase chromatid pairs in a cell (literally, “nucleus type”).

kinetochore: See centromere.

kin selection: Differential aid or favoritism toward relatives that promote the inclusive fitness of shared genes.

kinship: Relationships between people that are based on real or imagined descent or (sometimes) marriage.

Klinefelter syndrome: A human clinical syndrome that results from disomy for the X chromosome in a male, which results in a 47,XXX male. Many of the affected males are mentally deficient, have underdeveloped testes, and are taller than average.

knuckle-walking: A type of quadrupedal walking used by chimpanzees or gorillas, in which the forearms rest on the dorsal surface of the middle phalanges of the hands.

kyphosis: (1) Dorsally covex curvature of the spine. (2) Flexion of the cranial base, closing the angle between the basi-occiput and the body of the sphenoid.

kyr: Kiloyears, a unit of thousands of years (100,000 years is 100 kyr).

Bibliography

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