Homoplasy: from detecting pattern to determining process and mechanism of evolution.

  title={Homoplasy: from detecting pattern to determining process and mechanism of evolution.},
  author={David B Wake and Marvalee H Wake and Chelsea D Specht},
  volume={331 6020},
Understanding the diversification of phenotypes through time--"descent with modification"--has been the focus of evolutionary biology for 150 years. If, contrary to expectations, similarity evolves in unrelated taxa, researchers are guided to uncover the genetic and developmental mechanisms responsible. Similar phenotypes may be retained from common ancestry (homology), but a phylogenetic context may instead reveal that they are independently derived, due to convergence or parallel evolution… CONTINUE READING

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