Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 18:56

vicariance

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

See vicariant.

NounEdit

vicariance (plural vicariances)

  1. (biology) The separation of a group of organisms by a geographic barrier, resulting in differentiation of the original group into new varieties or species
  2. (geology) The geological event which produces such a barrier (volcano, earthquake, etc)
  3. (psychology, colloquial) The act of experiencing an event by proxy through an empathic link with the person who is experiencing the event firsthand.