One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mammal of a diverse group that probably evolved from primitive ungulates, comprising the elephants, hyraxes, sirenians, and perhaps the aardvark.
- ‘In this edition, the subungulates are considered to include only the orders Proboscidea, Hyracoidea, and Sirenia.’
- ‘Much of the anatomy of skulls and teeth in subungulates and ungulates has evolved in response to their herbivorous lifestyles.’
- ‘Sirenians are members of the group known as subungulates, thought to be distantly related to hyraxes, elephants, and perhaps, artiodactyls and perissodactyls.’
- ‘They are classified as ‘subungulates’ and believed to be related to hyraxes and sirenians.’
- ‘Sirenians belong to a group called subungulates, which includes elephants and hyraxes, two animals that by appearances and habitat would seem to have nothing in common.’
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