Forest giants on different evolutionary branches: Ecomorphological convergence in helicopter damselflies *

@article{Toussaint2019ForestGO,
  title={Forest giants on different evolutionary branches: Ecomorphological convergence in helicopter damselflies *},
  author={Emmanuel F. A. Toussaint and Seth M. Bybee and Robert J. Erickson and Fabien L. Condamine},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2019},
  volume={73}
}
The convergent evolution of analogous features is an evolutionary process occurring independently across the tree of life. From the evolution of echolocation, prehensile tail, viviparity, or winged flight, environmental factors often drive this astonishing phenomenon. However, convergent evolution is not always conspicuous or easily identified. Giant damselflies count among the largest flying insects on Earth, and have astonishing ecologies including orb‐web spider plucking and oviposition in… Expand
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Digest: Ecomorphological convergence across the Atlantic *
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  • Biology, Medicine
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  • 2019
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