One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of mammals that comprises the hares, rabbits, and pikas. They are distinguished by the possession of double incisor teeth, and were formerly placed with the rodents.
- ‘In addition, PAG-like genes have been found in the genomes of mammals belonging to a number of different orders (Carnivora, Lagomorpha, Perissodactyla, and Rodentia), but not in the human genome.’
- ‘Rabbits, hares, and a few other species make up the Lagomorpha.’
- ‘Euarchontoglires is composed of the orders Primates, Rodentia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas), Scandentia (tree shrews), and Dermoptera (flying lemurs).’
- ‘The newly established complete mtDNA data support the close relationship between Lagomorpha and Scandentia, which was tentatively proposed by Graur, Duret, and Gouy.’
- ‘The phylogenetic results significantly support rodent monophyly, the association of Rodentia with Lagomorpha (the Glires clade), and a Glires + Euarchonta (Primates, Dermoptera, and Scandentia) clade.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek lagōs ‘hare’ + morphē ‘form’.
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