convergent evolution


Definition of convergent evolution

: convergence sense 3 In some cases, a taxon is composed of the descendants of unrelated ancestors that evolved similar features by convergent evolution and for this reason have been mistaken as relatives.— Douglas J. Futuyma, Evolutionary Biology, 2nd edition, 1986 … it can be difficult to decide whether similarity reflects shared ancestry or convergent evolution, and whether dissimilarity reflects shared ancestry or adaptive radiation.— Jared M. Diamond, Nature, 1 Sept. 1983

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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