A Fascinating Example for Convergent Evolution: Endangered Vultures
Michael O'Neal Campbell*
Environmental Scientist, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Michael O'Neal Campbell
Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 29, 2014; Accepted date: June 12, 2014; Published date: June 21, 2014
Citation: Campbell MO (2014) A Fascinating Example for Convergent Evolution: Endangered Vultures. J Biodivers Endanger Species 2:132. doi: 10.4172/2332-2543.1000132
Copyright: © 2014 Campbell MO. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Convergent evolution, an extremely important topic within biodiversity studies, refers to the independent development of similar features in the descendants of different ancestral groups. The variably derived descendants may be similar, depending on the analogues or similar features. New and Old World vultures are an interesting example of convergent evolution. They have similar ecological roles, food habits and features and like the hawks and owls, may have evolved from different species. This convergence may be due to similar ecological conditions that may result in similar trajectories in different species, genera, families or even Orders.