The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) ("Digging foot"), sometimes called "antbear", " aardvark." Encyclop├Ždia Britannica. 21 December 2006. is a medium-sized mammal native to Africa. The name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch for "earth pig" (aarde earth, varken pig), because early settlers from Europe thought it resembled a pig. However, the Aardvark is not closely related to pigs, being placed in its own order.
One of the most distinctive characteristic of the Tubulidentata is (as the name implies) their teeth. Instead of having a pulp cavity in their tooth, they have a number of thin tubes of dentine, each containing pulp held together by cementum. The teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrow continuously. The Aardvark is born with conventional incisors and canines at the front of the jaw, which fall out and are not replaced. Adult Aardvarks only have molars at the back of the jaw. Genetically speaking, the Aardvark is a living fossil, as its chromosomes are