Xenarthra


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Noun1.Xenarthra - armadillos; American anteaters; sloths
animal order - the order of animals
Edentata, order Edentata - order of mammals having few or no teeth including: New World anteaters; sloths; armadillos
Bradypodidae, family Bradypodidae - a family of edentates comprising the true sloths
family Megalonychidae, Megalonychidae - mammal family consisting of the two-toed sloths
family Megatheriidae, Megatheriidae - extinct ground sloths
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Arrangement is in sections devoted to animals that are aquatic, reptiles & amphibians, birds, mammals, xenarthra, marsupials, primates, chiroptera, carnivores, marine mammals, elephants, perrissodactyla, artiodactylids, and camelids.
Researchers collected data on the maximum size for major groups of land mammals on each continent, including Perissodactyla, odd-toed ungulates such as horses and rhinos; Proboscidea, which includes elephants, mammoth and mastodon; Xenarthra, the anteaters, tree sloths, and armadillos; as well as a number of other extinct groups.
Most scientists now put sloths, anteaters, and armadillos into a group called xenarthra, which refers to their "foreign" or "strange" joints.