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afro- +‎ Theria

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A taxonomic superorder within the subclass Eutheria – the elephants, aardvarks, golden moles, tenrecs, etc.
    • 1998, Michael J. Stanhope et al., "Molecular Evidence for Multiple Origins of Insectivora and for a New Order of Endemic African Insectivore Mammals", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, volume 95, page 9971:
      Golden moles and tenrecs are therefore more closely related to aardvarks and elephants than they are to shrews, moles, and hedgehogs. Because this African clade is well supported both from a statistical and congruence perspective but is not currently recognized taxonomically, we propose the superordinal name Afrotheria.
    • 2001, William J. Murphy et al., "Resolution of the Early Placental Mammal Radiation Using Bayesian Phylogenetics", Science, volume 294, page 2348:
      The basal split is between Afrotheria and other placentals, at about 103 million years, and may be accounted for by the separation of South America and Africa in the Cretaceous.