Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Convergent Evolution, or, That's Not a Butterfly
not a butterfly – butterflies wouldn't evolve for another 50 million years – but a relative of modern lacewing flies. These insects seems to have lived much like modern butterflies, pollinating long-ago relatives of modern pine trees and cycads. Through the process we call convergent evolution, they ended up looking much like modern butterflies, to the "eye spots" on their wings.