convergent evolution
convergence (1)

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  • Convergent evolution — These two succulent plant genera, Euphorbia and Astrophytum, are only distantly related, but have independently con …   Wikipedia

  • convergent evolution — the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent. [1965 70] * * * convergent evolution, the appearance of similar characteristics in animals or plants not closely related to one another …   Useful english dictionary

  • convergent evolution — noun A trait of evolution in which species acquire similar properties because of their advantageousness …   Wiktionary

  • convergent evolution — conver′gent evolu′tion n. bio the evolution of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • convergent evolution — Having similar adaptive structures among unrelated organisms due to environmental surroundings …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • convergent evolution — the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • convergent evolution — the appearance of similar forms and/or functions in two or more lines not sufficiently related phylogenetically to account for the similarity …   Medical dictionary

  • convergent evolution — /kənˌvɜdʒənt ɛvəˈluʃən/ (say kuhn.verjuhnt evuh loohshuhn) noun the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent in response to the same habitat …   Australian English dictionary

  • List of examples of convergent evolution — Convergent evolution the evolution of similar traits in unrelated lineages is rife in nature, as illustrated by the examples below.In animals;Mammals * The marsupial Thylacine Tasmanian Wolf, had many resemblances to the placental Canids.… …   Wikipedia

  • evolution — evolutional, adj. evolutionally, adv. /ev euh looh sheuhn/ or, esp. Brit., /ee veuh /, n. 1. any process of formation or growth; development: the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane. 2. a product of such development; something… …   Universalium

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