Nature Live Online: How Can Closely Related Animals Look Different?

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Sometimes, it is really easy to tell when a group of animals are related.

Hummingbirds, for example, might have different colours or slightly different sizes, but they all look very similar. Some other times, though, animals that have a common ancestor can look very different. Believe it or not, a huge elephant and a tiny elephant shrew have more things in common than just their names, and the land-dwelling tenrecs have in sea cows a very close relative. How does this wild variety affect diversity? And why is it important? Join scientist Natalie Cooper in a chat with Cristina Torrente about obvious and not-so-obvious relatives.

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