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  • proper n. A taxonomic clade within the suborder Caniformia — aquatic mammals, including walruses, fur seals and sea lions, and seals.


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New Latin, Latin pinna ("fin") + pes ("foot") +‎ -ia


  • Sea lion is the name given to sea-dwelling mammals belonging to the Otariidae family of the Pinnipedia superfamily.

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  • But in the Sarcotheria (both the Carnivora and the seals, Pinnipedia) and in the elephant and several other

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  • _Fissipedia_ (split-feet) or land Carnivora, and the _Pinnipedia_

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  • The Pinnipedia or Pinnigrada are amphibious in their habits, living chiefly in the water, but resorting occasionally to the land.

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  • Pinnipedia called Arctocephalinae to contrast them with Otariinae - the sea lions - based on the most prominent common feature, namely the coat of dense underfur intermixed with guard hairs. - Business News

  • This covers the Fissipedia (terrestrial forms) and Pinnipedia (marine forms).

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  • p. 172 exciting news came in: Natalia Rybczynski, Mary Dawson and Richard Tedford, ‘A semi-aquatic Arctic mammalian carnivore from the Miocene epoch and origin of Pinnipedia’, Nature 458 2009, pp.


  • 3 Behavior and ecology * 4 Exploitation * 5 Species * 6 See also [edit] Taxonomy Until recently, fur seals were all grouped under a single subfamily of Pinnipedia called - Business News

  • "This early predominance of the sense of smell persists in most mammals (unless an aquatic mode of life interferes and deposes it: compare the _Cetacea, Sirenia_, and _Pinnipedia_, for example) even though a large neopallium develops to receive visual, auditory, tactile, and other impressions pouring into the forebrain.

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