What does convergent evolution mean? The interpretation of convergence and its implications in the search for limits to evolution.

@article{Stayton2015WhatDC,
  title={What does convergent evolution mean? The interpretation of convergence and its implications in the search for limits to evolution.},
  author={C Tristan Stayton},
  journal={Interface focus},
  year={2015},
  volume={5 6},
  pages={20150039}
}
Convergent evolution is central to the study of life's evolutionary history. Researchers have documented the ubiquity of convergence and have used this ubiquity to make inferences about the nature of limits on evolution. However, these inferences are compromised by unrecognized inconsistencies in the definitions, measures, significance tests and inferred causes of convergent evolution. I review these inconsistencies and provide recommendations for standardizing studies of convergence. A… CONTINUE READING
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