the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent.
See divergent evolution
convergent evolution n.
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.
[kuh n-vur-juh nt] /kənˈvɜr dʒənt/ adjective 1. characterized by ; tending to come together; merging. /kənˈvɜːdʒənt/ adjective 1. (of two or more lines, paths, etc) moving towards or meeting at some common point 2. (of forces, ideas, etc) tending towards the same result; merging 3. (maths) (of an infinite series) having a finite limit
noun, Mathematics. 1. . noun, Mathematics. 1. an infinite sequence, x 1 , x 2 , …, whose terms are points in Ek, in which there exists a point y such that the limit as n goes to infinity of xn = y if and only if for every ε>0, there exists a number N […]
- Convergent plate boundary
convergent plate boundary (kən-vûr’jənt) A tectonic boundary where two plates are moving toward each other. If the two plates are of equal density, they usually push up against each other, forming a mountain chain. If they are of unequal density, one plate usually sinks beneath the other in a subduction zone. The western coast of […]
- Convergent strabismus
convergent strabismus n. See esotropia.