Definitions

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  • proper noun A taxonomic superorder within the subclass Eutheria — the elephants, aardvarks, golden moles, tenrecs, etc.

Etymologies

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Afro- + Ancient Greek θηρίον (thērion, "beast").

Examples

  • Ancestral elephant shrews were members of a “superorder” or “cohort” of beasts called Afrotheria that evolved in Africa more than 100 million years ago.

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  • All orders are labelled and major lineages are coloured as follows: black, Monotremata; orange, Marsupialia; blue, Afrotheria; yellow, Xenarthra; green, Laurasiatheria; and red, Euarchontoglires.

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  • All orders are labelled and major lineages are coloured as follows: black, Monotremata; orange, Marsupialia; blue, Afrotheria; yellow, Xenarthra; green, Laurasiatheria; and red, Euarchontoglires.

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  • We studied the AOB of the Madagascan lesser tenrec Echinops telfairi (Afrotheria: Afrosoricida) and found that Gαi2 and Gαo proteins are expressed in rostral and caudal glomeruli, respectively.

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  • In addition to testicondy and an increased number of thoracolumbar vertebrae, it is looking like we have another morphological synapomorphy for Afrotheria then (Asher & Lehmann 2008).

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  • Even when molecular trees don’t clash, they often contradict other lines of evidence see the Afrotheria hypothesis v. recent fossil discoveries, for instance.

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  • Neocortical neuron types in Xenarthra and Afrotheria: implications for brain evolution in mammals Paleoneurology: Neurodegenerative diseases are age-related diseases of specific brain regions recently developed by homo sapiens Glossogeny and phylogeny: cultural evolution meets genetic evolution

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