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Select Two Pairs from the Following Which Exhibit Divergent Evolution. Give Reasons for Your Answer. - Biology

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Select two pairs from the following which exhibit divergent evolution. Give reasons for your answer.

(i) Forelimbs of cheetah and mammals

(ii) Flippers of dolphins and penguins

(iii) Wings of butterflies and birds

(iv) Forelimbs of whales and mammals

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Solution

The combinations having divergent evolution are

i. Forelimbs of cheetah and mammals

ii. Forelimbs of whales and mammals

These two pairs exhibit divergent evolution because they have the same basic structural plan but are different in function.

Concept: Evidence of Organic Evolution
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