One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small order of mammals which comprises the tree shrews.
- ‘First, the superorder Archonta comprising Chiroptera, Dermoptera (flying lemurs), Primata, and Scandentia (tree shrews) is erroneous.’
- ‘For most of the past century, scientists thought they were primitive primates, but more recent evidence shows that these mammals form an order of their own, the Scandentia.’
- ‘Perhaps surprisingly, bats are also related to the Primates, the mammal taxon that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans; and to the Scandentia, the Asian tropical tree shrews.’
- ‘Tree shrews and elephant shrews have also sometimes been placed in this order; now, however, they are now classified separately (orders Scandentia and Macroscelidea, respectively).’
- ‘Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).’
Modern Latin (plural), from Latin scandent- ‘climbing’, from the verb scandere.
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