Bats and dolphins evolved echolocation in the same way (down to the molΓ©cular level). An analysis revealed that 200 genes had independently changed in the same ways. This is an extreme example of convergent evolution. sciencemag.org/news/2013/…
Today I learned of the lowland streaked tenrec, a black hedgehog-like creature with yellow-striped quills native to Madagascar. Despite its similar physiology, it is unrelated to hedgehogs, instead acting as an example of convergent evolution. It is sometimes referred to as a "fake hedgehog" wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowlan…
The only two surviving species of sloth aren’t closely related at all and most likely developed suspensorial behavior (hanging from trees) independently, an example of convergent evolution. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned about the Phytosaurs, an order of reptiles that went extinct at the end of the Triassic. Despite not being closely related, they looked and behaved very similarly to modern crocodilians, in a remarkable example of convergent evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
Hyenas are related to felines but due to Convergent Evolution, their features and behaviors more closely resemble canines. Bonus: the smallest member of hyena family is the Aardwolf which mainly eats termites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hye…
Octopus eyes do not have a blind spot and evolved separately from vertebrate eyes - an example of convergent evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
A theory that canine domestication/evolution and human evolution are convergent. Rather than humans simply "breeding down" wolves, we developed into social animals together. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Auks look like penguins but are not closely related which is an example of moderate convergent evolution. Also, auks are limited to cooler waters because the speed at which their prey can swim doubles as the water temperature increases, with no corresponding increase in speed for the bird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auk
An "Elvis taxon" refers to organisms on the fossil record that appear identical to organisms previously thought extinct due to convergent evolution. A paleobiologist suggested the term "in recognition of the many Elvis impersonators who have appeared since the death of The King." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elv…
There are 180 species worldwide of legless amphibians, called Caecilians that can grow up to 3ft long and look exactly like earthworms. This is a classic case of convergent evolution, where two unrelated groups of animals evolve similar traits in response to their environments. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Vultures and Condors are not actually closely related, but superficially similar only due to convergent evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
'Convergent Evolution' is the process whereby organisms not closely related, independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches. It explains, for example, why hyenas are more closely related to felines, despite seeming dog-like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Crabs have evolved independently at least five times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Two species of vultures (New World and Old World) evolved completely separately from each other on different continents, suggesting that vultures have a huge and essential ecological value in nature. royalsocietypublishing.or…
The King Crab is not a crab at all but evolved to resemble one via carcinisation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Hyenas are feliforms, meaning part of the "cat" family, despite their more dog-like appearance. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
The crab-like form is so effective, at least five groups of crustaceans have independently evolved into that shape, in a process called carcinisation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Dolphins and bats both hunt their prey by emitting high-pitched sounds and listening for the echoes. This ability arose independently in each group of mammals from the same genetic mutations. sciencemag.org/news/2013/…
Hyaenas are more closely related to cats than to dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hya…

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