homoplasy

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by Ray Lankester in 1870,[1] from homo- +‎ -plasy, formed from Ancient Greek ὁμός (homós, similar, alike, the same) and πλάσσω (plássō, to shape, to mold).

Noun[edit]

homoplasy (countable and uncountable, plural homoplasies)

  1. (evolutionary theory) A correspondence between the parts or organs of different species acquired as the result of parallel evolution or convergence.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lankester ER (1870). "On the use of the term homology in modern zoology, and the distinction between homogenetic and homoplastic agreements", Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 6 (31): 34–43.