Definition of convergent evolution
- 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