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Re: your mail
On Mon, 1 Apr 1996, MC2 wrote:
> >HI, I know this is not strictly a dinos question, but what is the
> >correct term (if any) for organisms which superficially look
> >alike/have similar habits but are not related (ie the results of
> >convergent evolution).
> That IS the correct term, if I'm understanding your question
> correctly. Convergent evolution _specifically_ applies to _different_
> species that have independently evolved similarities...
That's not how I understood the question; the original poster was
asking about the term for organisms that are the *end result* of
convergent evolution. For example, "The marsupial mole, the golden mole,
and the true moles are _______, and they got that way through convergent
I'm not sure what to tell him. Mimics? Counterparts?
Imposters? Perhaps "confaciates" ("having appearances together")? I've
never heard a technical term describing this relationship--as opposed to
the phenomenon that causes it, i.e. convergent evolution. Am I making
any sense here?
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447