Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Even understanding as much taxonomy as I do...
Rabbit Order (Lagomorph).
Mouse Order (Rodent)
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I know rabbits and rodents are pretty closely related sharing a common ancestor some 86 million years ago (not that that seems that related). But, come on! This thing jerboa thing is more of a "mouse-rabbit" than a pika is and pikas are apparently as related to jerboas as mice are related to rabbits (sharing the same common ancestor). Somehow that just seems completely flipped. I suppose both could be eaten by this freaky new plant (things don't exist before we discover them, even if they, like us, are the product of several billion years of evolution).
Also for other fun critters...