Rise of Mammals Article, Mammal Evolution Information, Facts — National Geographic

So many mammals—and such varied shapes and behaviors—throng this land that it’s hard to believe any two could have descended from the same ancestor. Nonetheless, the amphibious hippo, with its lawnmower-like diet of up to a hundred pounds (45 kilograms) of grass a night, shares a common lineage with the three-inch-long (7.5-centimeter-long) naked mole rat—a subterranean, tuber-chomping hot dog with teeth, which lives like a termite in large colonies dominated by a queen.

via Rise of Mammals Article, Mammal Evolution Information, Facts — National Geographic.

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