Skip to main content

parallel evolution

parallel evolution The development of related organisms along similar evolutionary paths due to strong selection pressures acting on all of them in the same way. It is debatable if the phenomenon really exists: many argue that all evolution is ultimately convergent or divergent (see adaptive radiation).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Biology. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 Apr. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Biology. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-3

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Biology. . Retrieved April 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-3

parallel evolution

parallel evolution A similar evolutionary development that occurs in lineages of common ancestry. Thus, the descendants are as alike as were their ancestors. The nature of the ancestry imposes or directly influences the development of the parallelism.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 Apr. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-1

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Retrieved April 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-1

parallel evolution

parallel evolution Similar evolutionary development that occurs in lineages of common ancestry. Thus the descendants are as alike as were their ancestors. The nature of the ancestry imposes or directly influences the development of the parallelism.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 Apr. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Retrieved April 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution

parallel evolution

parallel evolution Similar evolutionary development that occurs in lineages of common ancestry. Thus the descendants are as alike as were their ancestors. The nature of the ancestry imposes or directly influences the development of the parallelism.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 Apr. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-0

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Retrieved April 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-0

parallel evolution

parallel evolution Similar evolutionary development that occurs in lineages of common ancestry. Thus the descendants are as alike as were their ancestors. The nature of the ancestry imposes or directly influences the development of the parallelism.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 27 Apr. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 27, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-2

"parallel evolution." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved April 27, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/parallel-evolution-2