Analogous Structures: Definition & Examples


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Species with analogous structures

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1. Convergent evolution is

2. What does homoplasy mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the similarities that different species share among their analogous structures. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include what convergent evolution is.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Characteristics of species with analogous structures
  • The main idea behind convergent evolution
  • The definition of homoplasy
  • The basis of phylogenies
  • The best method for identifying analogous structures

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as analogous structures and homologous structures
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of analogous structures
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how analogous structures arise and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about homoplasy

Additional Learning

To learn more about similar structures found in unrelated species, review the corresponding lesson on Characteristics of Analogous Structures. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between homologous structures and analogous structures
  • Explain convergent evolution
  • Define homoplasy
  • Explore examples of analogous structures in nature
  • Understand how homologous and analogous structures relate to phylogenies