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- n. Plural form of chevrotain.
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We now know that these restorations are wildly inaccurate, as associated pakicetid skeletons show that these mammals weren’t all that different, superficially, from basal ‘slinker-type’ artiodactyls such as chevrotains, small deer and basal Eocene forms (Thewissen et al. 2001).
The chevrotains, of course, are not true ruminants, as are the Pecora.