relict is an
that at an earlier time was abundant in a large area but that
now persist at only one or a few small areas. A
from a previous
geological era or from earlier (different)
conditions, a remnant of an otherwise
or fauna in
environment much changed from that in which it originated
distribution of a relict is characterized as
example of a relict is a remnant or fragment of the
of an area that remains from a former period when the vegetation
was more widely distributed.
The term "relict" can also refer to an ancient species
that survives while related species go extinct, the last
survivor of an otherwise extinct group The Gingko biloba is an
example of this type of relict.