Definition of convergent
1 : tending to move toward one point or to approach each other : converging convergent lines a tropical cyclone characterized by convergent airflow
2 : exhibiting convergence in form, function, or development convergent evolution
3a of an improper integral : having a value that is a real numberb : characterized by having the nth term or the sum of the first n terms approach a finite limit a convergent sequence a convergent series
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The straight-tusked elephant is now an example of convergent evolution, starting from an ancestor that had more in common with African elephants but becoming anatomically more like Asian elephants.
Just as convergent evolution caused ichthyosaurs and dolphins to look alike, the demands of the aviation industry have nudged aeronautical engineers toward maximum efficiency with little variation.
The thylacine is a likely example of convergent evolution, nature’s version of independent invention, Berns says.
Together, the two- and three-toed flavors of sloth represent a remarkable case of convergent evolution.
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