parallel evolution

noun

Definition of parallel evolution

: the independent development of similar traits or features (as of body structure or behavior) in different species or lineages that have common ancestry and that typically occupy similar environments or ecological niches : parallelism sense 5 — compare convergent evolution, divergent evolution

First Known Use of parallel evolution

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parallel evolution was in 1888

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“Parallel evolution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parallel%20evolution. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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