Larger order of placental mammals in which dentition shows distinct division into three functional types: incisors, upper and lower canines which interlock, molars and premolars. Organization is divided into 12 families, containing approximately 112 living genera and at least twice as many extinct genera. Adaptation in this order primarily served for predatory hunting of various vertebrates and invertebrates. Collar bone is reduced or absent; four or five digits occur on each limb and may be clawlike.

CARNIVORA: "Lions and tigers beong to the order Carnivora."

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