Deep-time convergent evolution in animal communication presented by shared adaptations for coping with noise in lizards and other animals

Terry Ord, Danielle Klomp, Thomas Summers, Arvin Diesmos, Norhayati Ahmad & Indraneil Das
Convergence in communication appears rare compared to other forms of adaptation. This is puzzling, given communication is acutely dependent on the environment and expected to converge in form when animals communicate in similar habitats. We uncover deep-time convergence in territorial communication between two groups of tropical lizards separated by over 140 million years of evolution: the Southeast Asian Draco and Caribbean Anolis. These groups have repeatedly converged in multiple aspects of display along common environmental...
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