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Cetartiodactyla - whales and other even-toed ungulates

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Nikola Chavkosk, 29 Mar 2016.

  1. Nikola Chavkosk

    Nikola Chavkosk Well-Known Member

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    What is unbeliveable, is that closest relative to whales (including dolphins) are hippos and other even-toed ungulates such as camels, giraffes or antelopes.

    Others would initialy say that the whales are most closely related to Pinnipedia (seals, phocids and sea lions) or Sirenia (most closely related to elephants and hyraxes).

    I never imagined that the whales will be called artiodactilids, but more differential therm should be given.

    Current taxonomic division of Artiodactyla (Cetartiodactyla) (from Wiki) is:

    Artiodactyla (Cetartiodactyla):

    1. Tylopoda (camelides)
    2. Artiofabula
    2.1. Suina
    2.2. Cetruminantia
    2.2.1. Ruminantia
    2.2.2. Whippomorpha
    2.2.2.1. Hippopotamidae
    2.2.2.2. Cetacea (Mysticeti & Odontoceti)

    Anybody to shed light on this? :eek:
     
  2. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

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  3. FelipeDBKO

    FelipeDBKO Well-Known Member

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    LOL, I imagined that :p
     
  4. Nikola Chavkosk

    Nikola Chavkosk Well-Known Member

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    How could I not know it, damn, :p