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The clade Paenungulata (sea cows, hyraxes, and elephants) was named in 1945, long before the era of molecular phylogenetics, by the American paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of higher level mammal phylogeny have corroborated the monophyly of this group and placed it within the Afrotheria. Recent paleontological/morphological studies concur with molecular ones in grouping the paenungulates with the aardvarks and sengis within Afrotheria.

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