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  • Definition: Phenotypic similarity among characteristics of different species or populations (including molecular, morphological, behavioral, or other features) that does not accurately represent patterns of common evolutionary descent (= non-homologous similarity); it is produced by evolutionary parallelism, convergence and/or reversal, and is revealed by incongruence among different characters on a cladogram or phylogenetic tree.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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