One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of mammals that comprises the even-toed ungulates.Compare with Perissodactyla
- ‘Experts agree that hippos belong to the mammalian order Artiodactyla, a group of even-toed, hoofed creatures whose extant representatives include camels, pigs and ruminants such as cows.’
- ‘Until recently, zoologists thought the membership list of the order Artiodactyla was limited to hoofed mammals with an even number of toes: camels, cows, deer, giraffes, goats, hippopotamuses, pigs, sheep.’
- ‘The two major groups of living hoofed mammals are the Artiodactyla, or cloven-hooved mammals; and the Perissodactyla, or odd-toed mammals.’
- ‘On the whole, the hedgehog appeared to evolve at a rate not significantly different from those of Primates, Proboscidea, and Rodentia but faster than those of Carnivora, Perissodactyla, and Artiodactyla.’
- ‘Within the order can be found some of the fastest-running mammals, but the Artiodactyla also includes relatively slow and cumbersome species such as pigs and hippos.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek artios ‘even’ + daktulos ‘finger, toe’.
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