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.
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