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Re: your mail
On Mon, 1 Apr 1996, Jerry D. Harris wrote:
> 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
Perhaps "analogue" would work, but I've usually seen it used in
reference to a *trait* that is like a *trait* in another organism, rather
than in reference to the organisms themselves. For instance, the wing of
a bat is an analogue to the wing of a bird or butterfly; the eye of a
bear is an analogue to the eye of an octopus. Would you say that a
pterosaur was an analogue to a bird, while a _Tyrannosaurus rex_ was a
homologue to a bird? Sounds odd to me. I could be wrong, though.
Just a thought.
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