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What is difference between convergent and divergent evolution? 




This question is part of Evolution Practice Quiz (Medium Version)
Asked by Newtonsouthbiology, Last updated: May 15, 2018

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Answered on May 16, 2018

Convergent evolution occurs as a result of two unrelated organisms existing within similar environmental conditions (note that these do not have to be similar geographically). Due to similar environmental pressures, animals adaptations appear similar. Divergent evolution is the result of two organisms existing in different environmental conditions, with each organisms adaptations suiting the needs of these unique environemnts, and therefore producing two different species.
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