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Cenozoic Mammals of Africa$
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Lars Werdelin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257214

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257214.001.0001

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(p.107) Ten Tubulidentata
Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

Patricia A. Holroyd

University of California Press

Aardvarks, or antbears, are the least diverse extant order and one of the most ancient eutherian lineages, although the fossil record offers us few clues to their early evolution. Holroyd and Mussell (2005) reviewed hypotheses for the phylogenetic position of tubulidentates; Lehmann et al. (2005) reviewed the taxonomic history of the order and presented the first species level analysis of tubulidentate morphological evolution; and Lehmann (2006) provides an overview of the aardvark record throughout the Old World. This chapter describes the systematic paleontology of Tubulidentata and reviews aardvark distribution in Africa and clarifying taxonomy.

Keywords:   Tubulidentata, aardvarks, antbears, paleontology, taxonomy, tubulidentates, evolution, Old World, Africa

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