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An extinct order of subungulates known from Miocene and Pliocene rocks that resembled the hippopotamus in their general proportions and probably followed, like the hippopotamus, an amphibious way of life, though in shallow coastal waters. It seems that they shared a common descent with the Sirenia and Proboscidea, from early African subungulates.

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