It is only an atavistic phenomenon, the return to a former state.
The criminal is an atavistic being, a relic of a vanished race.
This is of great importance in view of the atavistic origin of crime.
Citizen Howard Temple-Tracy is a dangerous, atavistic, evil genius.
Perhaps it is atavistic—this desire to rest and swing in a hamaca.
Thus there was no progeny to inherit ...