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George wrote...

There's only one species of aardvark (afaik), but to get to 
the aardvark from  its closest relative demands a few dozen 
species as "missing links."

There are loads of species of fossil aardvark.

Incidentally, the extant species has been split into as many 
as 18 and the existence of two extant species, _Orycteropus 
afer_ and _O. capensis_, was supported by some workers as 
recently as the 1950s.

Darren Naish
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth UK, PO1 3QL

email: darren.naish@port.ac.uk
tel: 023 92846045