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IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group

IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group
Afrotheria (literally, "African mammal") includes seven groups of mammals with little superficial resemblance to one another: elephants, sea cows (dugongs and manatees), hyraxes, aardvark, sengis, golden moles, and tenrecs.

IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group Co-Chair

Galen B. Rathbun 

IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group Co-Chair

Andrew Taylor

Coordinator, Red List Authority

Matthew Child

 

Despite their apparent dissimilarities, Afrotheira are now widely recognized as having descended from a single common ancestor that existed somewhere in what is now Africa and had already diverged from the common ancestor of most other placental mammals. The IUCN had already formed separate specialist groups focusing on elephants and sea cows, so when the Afrotheria Specialist Group was formed in 2001, it was charged with providing expertise on the remaining five "overlooked" groups of mammals.

For more information on the IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group and their activities please visit

the IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group Website

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