How closely related are we to armadillos?

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Offline thedoc

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How closely related are we to armadillos?
« on: 15/05/2015 21:41:33 »
This month I went along to the Imperial College festival to check out the
exhibitions, and an interactive tree of life caught my eye.
Read a transcript of the interview by clicking here

or [chapter podcast=1001057 track=15.05.14/Naked_Genetics_15.05.14_1003630.mp3] Listen to it now[/chapter] or [download as MP3]
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Re: How closely related are we to armadillos?
« Reply #1 on: 14/05/2015 12:48:37 »
Good question. Are there any Jewish armadillos?
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Re: How closely related are we to armadillos?
« Reply #2 on: 14/05/2015 12:59:47 »
Good question. Are there any Jewish armadillos?
I've never heard of one mentioned in the bible or Torah!
If they were, would they be Kosher?
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Re: How closely related are we to armadillos?
« Reply #3 on: 14/05/2015 13:10:56 »
Armadillos would certainly not be kosher. As mammals without hooves they are automatically disqualified...

I would like to hear more discussion of the original question, though.

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Re: How closely related are we to armadillos?
« Reply #4 on: 14/05/2015 19:05:34 »
I would like to hear more discussion of the original question, though.
I've now had time to listen to the podcast and look at the tree.
We appear to be closer to hedgehogs and rabbits than armadillos.
One thing that looks strange is that it makes it appear that rats are a higher form of development than primates!
It is a bit clunky on ipad so I'll have to go desktop to roam around it in detail.
I'll report back if I find anything interesting.
and the misguided shall lead the gullible,
the feebleminded have inherited the earth.