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convergent evolution

noun
1.
the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • Moreover, the trait has arisen independently in several lineages of mammals-including some lemurs-through convergent evolution.
  • The similarity of shapes, which isn't really all that great, may well be the result of convergent evolution.
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convergent evolution in Medicine

convergent evolution n.
See convergence.

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convergent evolution in Culture

convergent evolution definition


The development through evolution of similar features by organisms with distinctly different ancestors. A common example of this is the evolution of wings in insects and birds.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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