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  1. (obsolete) A taxonomic order within the superorder Laurasiatheria – that grouped together the insectivores (hedgehogs, shrews, moles, solenodons etc.).

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Members of Insectivora were reorganised into the new orders Afrosoricida (golden moles, tenrecs, etc.), Erinaceomorpha (hedgehogs) and Soricomorpha (shrews, moles and solenodons); the latter two initially replaced Insectivora within Laurasiatheria. It was later found that Soricomorpha, as thus defined, is paraphyletic, but that the combination of the families Soricidae and Erinaceidae is monophyletic. Soricidae and Erinaceidae were therefore combined into order Eulipotyphla. (See Wikipedia-logo.svg Insectivora on Wikipedia.Wikipedia )