So, I was given an assignment to find some the most surprising animal “cousins” — species that are closely related that you wouldn’t expect.
The major thing I learned from this is basically that I sort animals like a two-year-old. I absolutely would have thought that elephants, hippos, and rhinos were in one group, with the Latin name Mammalius Humongous. To answer your question: Sadly, yes, I did pass both biology and Latin in high school.
If it were up to me, I’d re-classify all the animals in a way that makes sense. For example, all the animals that look really cute when they stand up would be in one group, because the fact that meerkats aren’t in the same family as otters and weasels is just plain wrong.
Alas, it isn’t up to me. Just like my own family tree, the animal family system is completely cray-cray.
Enjoy these surprising animal “cousins” — just in time for Cousin’s Day on July 24th!
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