Convergent Evolution

23rd June, 2012

Two moles, but they’re genetically unrelated – why do they look so similar? Although one is genetically more related to the giraffe, and the other more to a kangaroo, they have both evolved to fill the same niche in their environments – convergent evolution, according to science these days. Another example is bats and birds – they’re unrelated, however they’ve both developed flight through the use of wings.

I wonder if there is a term for people who developed the same structures (ex/ pyramids) or thoughts from very different places and environments due to similar circumstances. 


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