DICTIONARY OF TERMS
HOMOPLASY

Pronunciation: ho-mo-PLA-zi

Etymology:  Homoplasy is derived from two Greek roots which mean the same (homo, ομοσ) and to mold (plassein, πλασσειν).

Homoplasy means that the similarity between taxa is due to independent evolutionary change (e.g. convergent evolution).

 

By Jack R. Holt.  Last revised: 01/02/2009