Quiz: If We Show You an Animal, Can You Guess Its Closest Relative?
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If We Show You an Animal, Can You Guess Its Closest Relative?
By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

Don't let appearances fool you, because when it comes to relatives, it's all in the blood ... and bones ... and skeletal functions. All that furry cuteness is there just to confuse you. For instance, an armadillo has armor (plates of dermal bone called scutes) so the last animal you would think is its relative is the sloth, right? A sloth is slow moving and lives in trees! What makes it even weirder is that the relative of the sloth and armadillo is the anteater. But it does make sense scientifically, since the armadillo and its nearest relatives have similar niche roles, like being mostly insectivores and herbivores as well as being of small to medium body size. And they all have similar biological structures, including special articulations (shapes) on the lumbar vertebrae which are found in no other mammals. 

When going through this quiz, if some of the close relatives still don't make any sense just remember, evolution has had a long time to make each species widely different. For instance, the whale and hippo are in the same family tree. Long ago, whales and hippos split off from ruminants (hoofed animals) and it took over 60 million years to evolve to their present form. With that in mind, when you look at some of your relatives, doesn't it all make sense? Check this quiz out and have some relative fun. 


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If you see a badger, you better hope it doesn't invite one of its closest relatives over. What is it?
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What is the closest relative to the weasel?
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What is one of the closest relatives to a porcupine?
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Ever wondered what the closest living relatives of dinosaurs are? What's your guess?
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What animal is a relative of the horse?
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What creature is closely related to a tiger?
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What is the closest relative of a hippo?
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What is the closest relative of a penguin?
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What is the closest relative to the sheep?
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What animal relative is closest to a walrus?
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The panda has a close relative. What animal is it?
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The platypus is one of a kind, but it does have one relative. What animal is it?
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Let this question bounce around in your mind. What is the closest relative to the kangaroo?
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What animal is the okapis' closest relative?
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How about the capybara? Which of these animal is its closest relative?
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What is the closest relative to the anteater?
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What is the closest relative to the mongoose?
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What animal is the most closely related to the armadillo?
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What is the closest relative to the squirrel?
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What is the closest relative to the elephant shrew?
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This one is harder than it looks. What is one of the closet relatives to a bear?
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Don't get tied up with this one, but what is the closest relative to the octopus?
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You don't want to go near this one with peanut butter or anything else -- it stings! What is the closest relative to the jelly fish?
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What is the closest relative to your pooch (dog)?
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Did you see the movie, "Jaws"? What is the closest relative to a shark?
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You may call it your "whittle putty cat," but what is the closest relative to a cat?
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The hare would win this race. What animal is the turtle's closest relative?
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This little piggy went to market ... and what animal is closely related to this little piggy?
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Buffalo Bill wants to know the closest relative to the buffalo. Which animal is it?
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What animal is the closest relative to a salamander?
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Which of these creatures is the closest relative to the beautiful butterfly?
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Wiley coyote would rather have the roadrunner, but he also wants to know which relative is closest to it. Which one is it?
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Turn around is fair play. The roadrunner wants to know the closet relative to the coyote. Which one is it?
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Which animal is closely related to the llama?
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You're so clever, you'll get this. What animal is the closest relative to a fox?
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Don't be stung by this one. What is the closest relative to a scorpion?
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Fish aren't usually scary, but this one is. What's a piranha's closest relative?
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The talkative macaw is not related to your talkative aunt, but which creature is it closely related to?
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Here's a monster for you, a gila monster. Which creature is the closest relative to it?
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What is the closest relative to a chimpanzee?
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