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Placental Mammals

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taxon links [up-->]Proboscidea [up-->]Edentata [up-->]Rodentia [up-->]Insectivora [up-->]Lagomorpha [up-->]Perissodactyla [up-->]Sirenia [up-->]Scandentia [up-->]Hyracoidea [up-->]Tubulidentata [up-->]Artiodactyla [up-->]Primates [up-->]Carnivora [up-->]Dermoptera [up-->]Chiroptera [up-->]Cetacea [up-->]Pholidota [up-->]Macroscelidea extinct icon extinct icon extinct icon extinct icon Not Monophyletic[down<--]Mammalia Interpreting the tree
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This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.

The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.

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You can click on the root to travel down the Tree of Life all the way to the root of all Life, and you can click on the names of descendent subgroups to travel up the Tree of Life all the way to individual species.

For more information on ToL tree formatting, please see Interpreting the Tree or Classification. To learn more about phylogenetic trees, please visit our Phylogenetic Biology pages.

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Please note that this tree has not been updated since 1995. We hope to provide an up to date discussion of eutherian relationships on this page soon. For the time being, please refer to the papers cited in the References section.
Containing group: Mammalia

Other Names for Eutheria


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Fossil Eutheria

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Scientific Name Oreamnos americanus
Location Olympic National Park, Washington, USA
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Scientific Name Loxodonta africana
Comments African elephant
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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Scientific Name Choloepus hoffmani
Comments Two-toed sloth
Life Cycle Stage juvenile
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Killer whale
Scientific Name Orcinus orca
Comments Killer whale
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Copyright © 1999 Brian Scott
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