Hidden similarity found between bats and dolphins

September 5, 2013 5:42 AM

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Hidden similarity found between bats and dolphins

Bats and dolphins may live in radically different worlds, but the fact they both evolved a type of sonar means they resemble each other genetically, researchers now find.

When different species live similar lives, they can evolve similar traits, a phenomenon known as convergent evolution. For instance, dolphins, sharks and the extinct marine giants known as ichthyosaurs all differ from each other greatly in origin -- dolphins are mammals, sharks are fish and ichthyos...

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