Although sometimes called sea cows, manatees are more closely linked to elephants and hyraxes (a small hoofed mammal
native to Africa).
At various times, I have eaten snails, octopusses (that sounds less clinical than "octopi"), raw mussels from a Louisiana bayou, and all of the barbecued digestive organs--along with most of the endocrine system--of a certain unidentified, medium-sized hoofed mammal
. I think it goes without saying that the preparer of the last dish "wasn't from around here."
AFTER THE DINOSAURS: THE AGE OF MAMMALS finally takes the focus off the dinosaur and into the next era: an age where Earth was inhabited by an array of strange creatures, from huge hornless rhinos to an elephant-like hoofed mammal
. Family trees of evolutionary species and discussions of evidence blends with an analysis of climate change and other environmental influences on the age of mammals for college-level audiences and collections strong in science history.
Visitors have flocked to see the rare hoofed mammal
, left, which was born several weeks ago.
The genesis for Environmental Profiles can be traced back to a passing conversation that Sharon Matola, an animal researcher from Belize, had with a friend about her study of tapirs, a large, nocturnal "ungulate" (hoofed mammal
) that is at risk of extinction.
Genetic analysis of white-tailed deer in a Michigan reserve has turned up what may be the first documentation of more than one father per twin litter in a big, free-ranging hoofed mammal
This fascinating section includes specimens critical to his work, such as the original fossil skull of a large hoofed mammal
, Toxodon platensis, which he collected on his expedition and later discussed with colleagues.
Thus the fossil record, deep anatomical resemblances, and DNA evidence agree in showing that whales, for instance, are (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071219-whales-evolved.html) closely related to hoofed mammals
, diverging from them in the (https://www.britannica.com/science/Eocene-Epoch) Eocene period.
They mainly prey on hoofed mammals
such as deer, as well as hares, rabbits, rodents and grouse.
The origins and evolution of the North American grassland biome: the story from the hoofed mammals
. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimatol., Palaeoecol., 177: 183-198.
In each of those sections the information is boiled down further, to subclasses such as flying insects, birds of prey, sharks, and hoofed mammals
. Finally, individual animals from sockeye salmon to the waxy monkey leaf frog to the black-browed albatross, are featured in illustrated plates and in brief informational paragraphs.