parallel evolution


noun

the independent development of closely corresponding adaptive features in two or more groups of organisms that occupy different but equivalent habitats, as marsupial mammals in Australia and placental mammals on other continents.

Origin of parallel evolution

First recorded in 1960–65
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Related Words for parallel evolution

convergence, speciation