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  1. atavist, throwbacknoun

    an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism


  1. atavistnoun

    A genetic characteristic emerging after absence from several generations.


  1. Atavist

    Atavist Inc. was launched in 2011 and is the company behind the Atavist multimedia publishing platform and The Atavist Magazine, an award-winning monthly magazine. It was founded by Jefferson Rabb, Evan Ratliff, and Nicholas Thompson. In the spring of 2015, the company released its free publishing platform. The new platform allows users to create and sell long-form content across multiple platforms. Early investors in the company include IAC, Eric Schmidt, and the Founders Fund. It is now owned by Automattic.


  1. atavist

    An atavist is an individual, plant, or animal that possesses and displays characteristics, traits, or behaviors similar to that of its ancestors or earlier generations, often considered as a reversion to an evolutionary ancestral type. In the context of genetics, atavism refers to the sudden reappearance of a trait in an organism after several generations of absence. The term can also refer to a person who appears to have the capacity to revert to a more primitive form of human nature, characterized by primitive instincts and behavior.


  1. Atavist

    Atavist Inc. operates as a media and software company. The company develops software to create digital publications for mobile applications, the Web, and e-readers. It provides The Atavist, a longform magazine and e-singles publication. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of atavist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of atavist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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