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6 Species Unlike Anything Else | Evolutionary Loners

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What happens when a species is the only of its kind? This phenomenon is called a monospecific taxon. Studying these special species can help us better understand not just those sparse groups, but all life on this planet! Join Olivia Gordon for this fun new episode of SciShow!

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Orycteropus afer
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Limnognathia maerski
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