con·​ver·​gent | \ kən-ˈvər-jənt How to pronounce convergent (audio) \

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 number
b : 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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Recent Examples on the Web Or did the auditory systems evolve independently to perform the same function, a phenomenon called convergent evolution? Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "A 100-Year Debate about the Eardrum Comes to an End," 1 July 2015 Its hostile currents and depths of more than 700 feet are an incredible natural laboratory for studying convergent evolution, or how diverse species develop similar environmental adaptations. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Earth’s Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery," 25 Feb. 2020 Unrelated species sometimes arrive at remarkably similar anatomies through a process called convergent evolution. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Earth’s Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery," 25 Feb. 2020 This study demonstrates convergent evolution, Thomas says, as these creatures are so far off the evolutionary pathway from humans, but are in some ways similar to us. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Cuttlefish perceive depth—and they wore 3D glasses to prove it," 9 Jan. 2020 In rodents, defense against predators (interspecies) and alpha males (conspecifics) activates very similar brain structures and behaviors, suggesting that there was substantial convergent evolution of these defenses. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 Lacking concrete proof of Turkey’s involvement, prosecutors pointed to convergent falsehoods told by Alptekin, Flynn and Rafiekian as well as the odd evolution of the project. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Jury to decide if Michael Flynn’s business partner lobbied illegally for Turkey," 23 July 2019 This is an example of what biologists call convergent evolution, when organisms evolve the same traits multiple times in different ways. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits," 10 Apr. 2019 Se Jin Song, a biologist at the University of California San Diego and the study’s lead author, had previously studied the convergent evolution of gut bacteria. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "The Vampire Birds of the Galápagos Have Fascinating Inner Lives," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of convergent

circa 1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for convergent

see converge

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26 May 2020

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“Convergent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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