Mesonychidae


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Mesonychidae

[‚me‚zäŋ′kid·ə‚dē]
(paleontology)
A family of extinct mammals of the order Condylarthra.
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It is popularly believed in evolutionary biology that whales descend from Mesonychidae ("middle claws"), an extinct family of omnivorous-carnivorous land mammals some 65 to 34 million years ago, and this evolutionary speculation provides one possible cause of whale stranding.