The recent description of a new species of sengi, Rynchocyon udzungwensis, inspired me to finally complete a project I’ve been talking about for years. Behold: the official Afrotheria logo–soon to be seen on a bumper-sticker or t-shirt near you!
(Note: while the new sengi is freaking huge, tipping the scales at 700g, the animals in the logo are, um, not to scale).
“Gondwanaism and Afrothereists” is the name of a chapter in my book Paleontology After Modernism which will almost certainly never be written.
I ultimately decided not to include the extinct Afrothere lineages Desmostylians and Embrithopods, despite the fact that they are some of my favorite mammals, because I was afraid it would look too crowded, plus my lab-mates were starting to ask questions.
Anyone who can name all seven taxa pictured will win a free t-shirt, once I get around to printing them…
Props to Seth Newsome for the inspiration.
Now I guess I had better get to designing logos for Xenarthra, Laurasiatheria and Euarchontoglires.