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> 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?
Isn't "analogues" the word being sought here? Things that arise by
analogy (convergence on a form that isn't based on close relationships) are
analogues, whereas those things which share homologies (similar traits
based on close relationships) are homologues.
Jerry D. Harris (214) 768-2750
Dept. of Geological Sciences FAX: (214) 768-2701
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\\\ __/ > "...having...seen those Grounds, out
\ \\ _/ > of which are digg'd up _shells_, and
/ \ \\ _/ > such like other things cast out by the
_//_----\ \-/ > Sea, and that everywhere we might es-
/ ( ) o > timate the number of times...the Sea
v--_ > had troubled here and there..."
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^--/ \\ / - Nicolaus Steno, 1671