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Re: Re: your mail
> 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?
One term paleoecologists use here is "avatars". (Avatars, in the original
sense, were different incarnations of the various Hindu gods).
So, the marsupial sabretooth, the nimravid sabretooths (-teeth?), and the
true sabrecats are all different avatars of the sabretoothed mammal mode.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661