This website aims to tell you nearly everything you need (and may ever want) to know about convergent evolution. It allows you to explore the way that similar adaptive solutions have repeatedly evolved from unrelated starting points, as though following a metaphorical ‘map’.
We have identified hundreds of examples of convergence, so if you want to learn about convergence in sex (e.g. love-darts), eyes (e.g. camera-eyes in jellyfish), agriculture (e.g. in ants) or gliding (e.g. in lizards and mammals) then this is your best port of call.
Any of the information presented in the Map of Life may be freely reproduced, as long as it is acknowledged fully. Citation details can be found at the bottom of each Topic, in the format: Map of Life – “Topic title”, Topic web page address, Month/Year downloaded
Showcase Topic: Electroreception in fish, amphibians and monotremes
Spotlight on Research:
“Hear, hear: the convergent evolution of echolocation in bats?”
E.C. Teeling 2009, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, volume 24, pages 351-354
There is still controversy surrounding the evolutionary origins of laryngeal echolocation in bats, which revolves around how one chooses to interpret bat systematics. This review discusses recent findings from genetic studies with respect to the question how many times this astonishing sensory capacity evolved in bats.