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--- ELurio@aol.com wrote:
> The condylarth
> ancestors of horses and 
> whales were, during the Lancian and early Paleocene,
> far more closely related 
> to each other than they are to their modern
> descendants.

I'm not clear on this.  How so?

> Also, since so many on the list are enamored of
> calling modern birds 
> dinosaurs and imagining that sparrows are teensy
> t-rexes, why do you object

Hm.  "The Tit-mouse That Roared."

> to looking at a picture of a hyrax and saying "This
> is a Condylarth!"
> After all, a hyrax LOOKS exactly like a Paleocene
> condylarth was supposed to 
> look like.

But since a sparrow doesn't really look like a T. rex,
there must be a deeper basis for the actual
relationship other than what might just be a
superficial similarity, yes?

(Or maybe I'm confused.  What do you mean by
"Looks-like," specifically?)

(What was a condylarth supposed to look like and how
do you know it was supposed to look like that?)

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