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Convergent EvolutionLimited Forms Most Beautiful$
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George McGhee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016421

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.001.0001

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What Is Convergent Evolution?

What Is Convergent Evolution?

(p.1) 1 What Is Convergent Evolution?
Convergent Evolution

George R. McGhee

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the concept of convergent evolution. It shows that parallel evolution is simply a special case of convergent evolution, and addresses the action of both functional and developmental constraints in the evolutionary process. The functional and developmental constraints that have led in convergent evolution at every level of life are described throughout the book, from the external forms of living organisms down to the very molecules from which they are constructed, from their ecological roles in nature to the way in which their minds function.

Keywords:   convergent evolution, parallel evolution, functional constraints, developmental constraints, living organisms

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