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  • Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree

    A new study reconfigures the elephant family tree, placing the giant extinct elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus closer to the African forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, than to the Asian elephant, Elephas maximus, which was once thought to be its closest living relative.

    A new study reconfigures the elephant family tree, placing the giant extinct elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus closer to the African forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, than to the Asian elephant, Elephas maximus, which was once thought to be its closest living relative.

    Graphic by Asier Larramendi Eskorza and Julie McMahon

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Alfred Roca, call 217-244-8853; email roca@illinois.edu.
    To reach Matthias Meyer, email: mmeyer@eva.mpg.de.
    To reach Michael Hofreiter, call 0049 331 9776321; email michael.hofreiter@uni-potsdam.de.
    The paper “Palaeogenomes of Eurasian straight-tusked elephants challenge the current view of elephant evolution” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.