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convergent evolution

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noun
  1. the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent.
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Origin of convergent evolution

First recorded in 1965–70
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convergent evolution in Medicine

convergent evolution

n.
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convergent evolution in Culture

convergent evolution

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.

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