convergent evolution


Definition of convergent evolution


  1. :  convergence 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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