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  1. BKC

    Nice!

    Been known and even described previously, but always nice to have extra
    knowledge. 🙂

    Dwarf-proboscideans from Mediterranean and around the world listed in the
    Archive:

    Elephas (Palaeoloxodon) antiquus creutzbergi (Kuss, 1965) ()
    Elephas (Palaeoloxodon) antiquus leonardii ()
    Elephas (Palaeoloxodon) melitensis ()

    Mammuthus lamarmorae ()
    Mammuthus creticus ()
    Mammuthus columbi exilis ()
    Mammuthus primigenius wrangeliensis ()

    Lister, A. M. & Sher, A. V., 2001: The origin and evolution of the
    woolly mammoth.
    –Science: Vol. 294, pp. 1094-1097

    Poulakakis, N., Mylonas, M., Lymberakis, P. & Fassoulas, G., 2002:
    Origin and taxonomy of the fossil elephants of the island of Crete (Greese):
    proplems and perspectives.
    –Palaegeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology: Vol. 186, pp. 163-183

    Shoshoni, J., & Tassy, P., (eds.), 1996: The Proboscidea – Evolution
    and paleontology of elephants and their relatives.
    –Oxford University Press, New York, 1996, xxx – 472

    Interestingly, there seems not to be any dwarf-species in _Loxodonta_

    –Mikko

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