convergent evolution


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convergent evolution

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conver′gent evolu′tion


n.
the evolution of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent.
[1965–70]
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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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Thus convergent evolution mimicry is not unique to rack, the extreme case, but is somewhat common.
The research team described this as a case of convergent evolution wherein a similar feature develops in two unrelated groups.
"Our study confirms the convergent evolution of the two, tree dwelling modern sloths from two distinct lineages of extinct giant ground sloths," said Hendrik Poinar, lead author of the study and director of McMaster University's Ancient DNA Centre and principal investigator at the Michael G DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.
This finding likely represents an example of "convergent evolution" in which mutations of certain genes are recurrently selected for, because they provide affected cells with a strong fitness advantage and/or they cooperate with other preexisting mutations.
A study of CS literature from the past fifty years reveals the following trends regarding the topics of natural selection (NS) and convergent evolution. Rejection of NS or some form of it has exceeded acceptance in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The hypotheses of evolutionary divergence of Panthera pardus subspecies is also supported by convergent evolution exhibited by Panthera onca (Jaguar).
Some of his observations of birds made while on that walk fed into his thoughts on convergent evolution, which were first committed to paper at nearby Wallerawang.' On my own walks I suspected the micro-adapted biota must have also given him pause to think.
Other possibilities include convergent evolution or phylogenetic artifacts.
WRS also links its living collection with dinosaurs through the Same Same But Different trail, a feature on convergent evolution. 'A lot of animals are unrelated, but because they are living in the same environment, they tend to have similar traits,' Lok explains.
Ancient origin of reggie (flotillin), reggie-like, and other lipid-raft proteins: convergent evolution of the SPFH domain.