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Convergent and Divergent Evolution

Types of Evolution

This post will go through convergent and divergent evolution for Prelim Biology.

Topic: Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

  • Explain, using examples, how Darwin and Wallace’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection accounts for:
    • Convergent evolution
    • Divergent evolution

 

Convergent vs Divergent Evolution

Convergent evolution is when two species with different ancestral origins develop similar characteristics, while divergent evolution refers to when two species diverge from a common ancestor and develop different characteristics.

This video will go through convergent and divergent evolution and relate it to The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection.