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Macroscelidea


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; cohort Unguiculata, order Insectivora)

A suborder of omnivorous mammals (now generally classed as a separate order) in which the hind limbs are elongated, enabling the animals to jump well, and the snout is elongated. The molars are large and squared, like those of ungulates. Macroscelids are known from the early Oligocene and are believed to be an evolutionary offshoot from a primitive insectivore stock, confined to Africa and with no close living relatives. There are many species, found in N. Africa and south of the Sahara.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.


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