U is for Ungulate

I love the internet SO HARD!! You are not going to believe this. I was poking around, looking for words that begin with the letter U and found this site:

Ultimate Ungulate site

Is that the Best Site EVER, or what? It’s Recipient of the Palaeontological Association‘s Golden Trilobite Award (2011). The Palaeontological Association’s website is palass.org. And people think scientists have no sense of humor.

Betchu didn’t know that genetic markers show that whales and dolphins — mammals of the sea — evolved from land mammals. Well, they did. And they were ungulates! Yes! They belong to the same family as goats, pigs, giraffes, camels, warthogs and hippopotamussesses.

This site — sites like this one — they make my life worthwhile. Thank you, Internet. Thank you.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is told that whales and dolphins are in the same genetic family as camels and it makes him or her angry.

p.s. I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies on the topic of Upside-Down Cake.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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