Parallel Evolution Is in the Genes

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Science  19 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5665, pp. 1779-1781
DOI: 10.1126/science.1096413

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Complex plumage patterns seem to have evolved independently among many very different bird species, a striking example of parallel evolution. In their Perspective, Hoekstra and Price discuss the molecular basis for similar dark plumage patterns between two very different arctic bird species ( Mundy et al.).