Superorder(redirected from superorders)
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a taxonomic category used in the more thoroughly studied classes of animals to unite phylogenetically similar orders. For example, the superorder combines the orders of Carnivora and Pinnipedia. Closely related superorders are combined into cohorts. Thus, the superorder Carnivora and four other superorders—primitive ungulates, Proboscidae, Perissodactyla, and Artiodactyla—form the cohort of Carnivora and Ungulata.