The taxonomy (Appendix A) of the manatee begins with the kingdom Animilia. After the kingdom, comes the phylum Chordata, and then the class of Mammilia, which is a combination of the human population and most vertebrates. The connection with other mammals ends there. The manatees are then put into a much smaller order, which consists of only three species (one being extinct), with the name of Sirenia. This order obtained its name because of the thought that they looked like Greek mythological creatures called Sirens or mermaids. Biochemical analysis of proteins has been used to determine the distinct relatives of the manatees. These relatives include elephants, aardvarks, and hyraxes. The similarities between these mammals include the lack of collarbone and having nails instead of claws. Adding on to this belief of these mammals being related, evolutionists believe that manatees actually evolved from some kind of wading, plant eating animal (Save the Manatees Club).
The exterior anatomy (Appendix B) of a manatee is not as complex as one would think. It i...
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