MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: How many animals only have split hooves or

Date: Tue Jan 25 13:28:06 2000
Posted By: Joe Regenstein, Faculty, Food Science
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 947742304.Zo

Some years ago, a "pig-like" animal was found in Indonesia that had a split 
hoof -- but also had two stomachs so that it in fact did not function as a 
monogastric. (A regular pig is a monogastric -- one stomach.) This animal 
clearly is not identified in the Bible when those animals with one but not 
both signs of kosher are given.  Presuming that the four animals mentioned 
all did exist in the North Africa/Middle East region at the time of 
establishing the kosher laws, their specific enumeration would simply 
represent the need to clearly delineate, which animals might be mistaken 
for kosher animals. 

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