What Is Convergent Evolution?

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Convergent evolution leads to which type of traits or structures?

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1. A bat wing and a human arm are __ because the come from __ ancestor(s)

2. Analogous structures arise in unrelated organisms because

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In most cases, similarities in different species can be explained by common ancestry. However, similarities can also be explained by something called convergent evolution. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of convergent evolution and related information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Terms for comparing traits and ancestry
  • Type of structures that a phylogeny compares
  • Definition of convergent evolution

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding convergent evolution
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about traits or structures that convergent evolution causes
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on analogous structures and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of evolution, review the accompanying lesson entitled What Is Convergent Evolution? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about uncommon ancestors in evolutionary relationships
  • Understand how body structures of organisms relate to ancestry
  • Examine how evolutionary histories of groups of species are constructed
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