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Does Convergence Imply God?

In the words of Job, in one of the oldest pieces of literature in the world, I now speak of wonders beyond my comprehension. In the world of Stephen Jay Gould, life evolves unpredictably. Creatures adapt to ever changing situations … Continue reading

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Contingency and Convergence: Are the Gods Plagiarists?

There are two concepts regarding the process of evolution: contingency and convergence. Contingency This theory holds that species evolve, due to natural selection, randomly according to whichever new adaptation is useful. The present is contingent on random events that occurred … Continue reading

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Convergent Evolution: an introduction

Convergent Evolution is when different species evolve similar structures or functions despite the fact that their evolutionary ancestors were very different and very distantly related.  A homoplasy or homoplastic trait refers to the similar biological trait acquired by species from … Continue reading

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