Convergent & Divergent Evolution: Definition & Examples


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What type of evolution BEST explains the following scenario: A group of organisms are separated. Each group evolves certain characteristics and over millions of years, due to being isolated and experiencing different environmental pressures, the group becomes two separate species.

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1. What type of evolution BEST explains the following scenario: Two unrelated species live in similar environments. Due to the selective pressure of the environments, the two species end up looking similar to one another.

2. What type of evolution BEST explains the following scenario: A species encounters a new habitat with lots of different environments. That species rapidly evolves into many different species, each suited for the new environments.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evolution in general is the process by which organisms change over time, but there are actually different ways in which species can evolve. Two of these evolutionary types are convergent and divergent evolution, and this assessment will test you on them. Some things you'll be tested on include specific evolutionary scenarios and the effects of the environment on evolution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Identifying types of evolution based upon specific scenarios
  • Defining terms related to evolution
  • The role of environmental selective pressures
  • Animals that are examples of specific types of evolution

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall the information you've learned on the definitions, characteristics and causes of both convergent and divergent evolution
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the specific processes and outcomes of both convergent and divergent evolution
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the topic to identify specific types of evolution based upon the examples given in the questions

Additional Learning

To learn more about these types of evolution, review the corresponding lesson called Convergent & Divergent Evolution: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of evolution
  • Divergent and convergent evolution in various environments
  • Examples in the animal kingdom