Cetartiodactyla

proposed name for a fusion of the orders Cetacea and Artiodactyla

Cetartiodactyla is the taxonomical superorder which includes whales (and dolphins) and even-toed ungulates. The name was created by merging the name for the two orders, Cetacea and Artiodactyla, into a single word.

Cetartiodactyls
Temporal range: late Palaeocene - Recent
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Cetartiodactyla
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Pod of hippopotamuses, Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Cetartiodactyla is used because it is thought that whales evolved from the artiodactyls. Because of this, their closest living land relative may be the hippopotamus.