convergent evolution


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convergent evolution

conver′gent evolu′tion


n.
the evolution of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent.
[1965–70]

convergent evolution

Evolution of similar features in unrelated organisms as adaptations to similar lifestyles, e.g. wings in birds and bats.
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Relicanthus daphneae is a classic example of convergent evolution, the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages.
As monotocous and polytocous species are not monophyletic, the inference of episodic evolutionary history from which their traits formed through convergent evolution is somewhat complicated.
That is, their morphology is similar, whether because of evolutionary relationship, or because of convergent evolution.
The answer lies in convergent evolution - when almost identical features or developments happen in different species.
Convergent evolution is less of a problem in trees that are based on genetic evidence, Springer says.
Many of the morphological characters used in delimitation of the cheilanthoid lineages and genera appear to be the result of convergent evolution, a result of adaptation to xeric environments.
From this perspective, it is clear how this spot welding machine is a great representation of Comau technological vision - to introduce a convergent evolution to the world of industrial technology.
Interestingly, some mutations appeared to arise more than once and, as a given tumor progressed, seemed to increase temporally in the tumor, a form of convergent evolution.
Sagarin believes that this phenomenon, called convergent evolution, is a much better route to improving security and that its adaptability principles are what public and private officials should embrace.
The similarities in human skulls with other hominids may be convergent evolution, but it is erroneous to pretend that common ancestry is the cause.