...because they’ve adapted to the same ecological opportunities, these lizards have ended up looking so similar that even experienced biologists would have trouble telling them apart. Anoles are an extraordinary example of convergent evolution—where different living things independently acquire the same adaptations to the same challenges.

...because they’ve adapted to the same ecological opportunities, these lizards have ended up looking so similar that even experienced biologists would have trouble telling them apart. Anoles are an extraordinary example of convergent evolution—where different living things independently acquire the same adaptations to the same challenges.

Footage from the Hobart Zoo, where the last known living thylacine died in 1938. Gif available at http://gifsoup.com/account/goldthylacine and adapted from the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egEZr2JWYH4

Case Studies of Convergent Evolution: of Wolves and Thylacines

Footage from the Hobart Zoo, where the last known living thylacine died in 1938. Gif available at http://gifsoup.com/account/goldthylacine and adapted from the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egEZr2JWYH4

Gervais, Paul, 1816-1879 - Histoire naturelle des mammifères, avec l'indication de leurs moeurs, et de leurs rapports avec les arts, le commerce et l'agriculture //Keberow (Ethiopian wolf) skull // Despite its close relation to the grey wolf, convergent evolution has resulted in a similar skull shape to that of jackals and the South American maned wolf.

Gervais, Paul, 1816-1879 - Histoire naturelle des mammifères, avec l'indication de leurs moeurs, et de leurs rapports avec les arts, le commerce et l'agriculture //Keberow (Ethiopian wolf) skull // Despite its close relation to the grey wolf, convergent evolution has resulted in a similar skull shape to that of jackals and the South American maned wolf.

**Lowland Streaked Tenrec - The tenrec is a mammal of the family Tenrecidae, found on Madagascar and in parts of the African mainland. Tenrecs are widely diverse; as a result of convergent evolution, they resemble hedgehogs, shrews, opossums, mice and even otters.

**Lowland Streaked Tenrec - The tenrec is a mammal of the family Tenrecidae, found on Madagascar and in parts of the African mainland. Tenrecs are widely diverse; as a result of convergent evolution, they resemble hedgehogs, shrews, opossums, mice and even otters.

The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree --short film from HHMI's BioInteractive

The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree --short film from HHMI's BioInteractive

PLOS ONE: Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items

PLOS ONE: Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items

The kiwi bird, for example, is a case of convergent evolution with small omnivores like mice and other rodents; they’re nocturnal, have a highly developed sense of smell, and have lost the ability to fly due to spending their lives hunting for underground prey.

The kiwi bird, for example, is a case of convergent evolution with small omnivores like mice and other rodents; they’re nocturnal, have a highly developed sense of smell, and have lost the ability to fly due to spending their lives hunting for underground prey.

The Giant Panda has 6 fingers on each hand  Its opposable "false thumb" is actually a modified bone. It allows the Giant Panda to hold bamboo while eating. The biologist Stephen Jay Gould discusses this feature in his book of essays on evolution and biology The Panda's Thumb  #animals #images #bamboo #bear #biologist #Biology #bone #book #convergent evolution #essay #evolution #fake thumb #feature #finger #fingers #giant #giant panda #Gould #hand #Jay #Panda #Stephen #Thumb

The Giant Panda has 6 fingers on each hand

The Giant Panda has 6 fingers on each hand Its opposable "false thumb" is actually a modified bone. It allows the Giant Panda to hold bamboo while eating. The biologist Stephen Jay Gould discusses this feature in his book of essays on evolution and biology The Panda's Thumb #animals #images #bamboo #bear #biologist #Biology #bone #book #convergent evolution #essay #evolution #fake thumb #feature #finger #fingers #giant #giant panda #Gould #hand #Jay #Panda #Stephen #Thumb

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