TIL: The closest living relative of whales is the hippopotamus, they split around 40 million years ago

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Damn that’s a lot, I hope they reconcile someday


The suborder that contains both whales and hippos is called Whippomorpha. I love that word.


Fun fact: some of the supporting evidence for this was discovered by comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg in the documentary series “Inside Nature’s Giants”, season 4 episode 1, “the hippo” You can find that episode on youtube.


manatees, on the other flipper, are more closely related to elephants and aardvarks.


Whales are just hippos that didn’t want bath time to end, we’ve all been there.