convergent evolution

convergent evolution
/kənˌvɜdʒənt ɛvəˈluʃən/ (say kuhn.verjuhnt evuh'loohshuhn)

noun
the appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent in response to the same habitat.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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