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For Island Lizards, History Repeats Itself

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Science  27 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5359, pp. 2043
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5359.2043a

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If one could start with similar organisms in similar environments, would evolution repeat itself to produce the same results? On page 2115, evolutionary ecologists report that anole lizards on four different islands of the Greater Antilles independently evolved into strikingly similar creatures. Although examples of convergent evolution, such as wings on bats and birds, are well known, researchers say these lizards have evolved a "remarkable" degree of similarity on all four of the islands.